Gripsholm Evacuation ship during WWII
> I would like to know more about the Gripsholm a Swedish ship who was
> use by USA as evacuation ship between 1940 and 1946.
Motorship "Gripsholm" - Swedish-America Line
Built at Armstrong, Whitworth & Co, Newcastle.
18815 GRT Length 174.6m (573') Width 22.7m (74.5')
13500 BHP, twin screw, 17 knots. 1643 passengers, 360 crew.
Launched 26 Nov 1924, delivered 7 Nov 1925.
Maiden voyage 21 Nov 1925, Gothenburg - New York.
Gripsholm was the Swedish American Line's first new ship and the first
diesel-powered trans-Atlantic passenger wessel in the world.
The design of her lounges had been inspired by the style of the Swedish
castle for which the ship had been named.
During WWII the ship undertook twelve sailings for the Red Cross to
exchange prisoners, wounded and diplomatic personnel.
1946 Passenger ship Gothenburg - New York.
Rebuilt 1949-50, forepart lengthened, new swept-back smokestacks, modernised
Replaced by the new "Kungsholm" 1954 and sold to Bremen-America line,
renamed "Bremen". Run route Bremerhaven - New York.
Broken up at La Spezia 1966-67