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The Swedish American Line was founded in November 1914 by the Swedish ship owner Dan BrostrÝm. In the early years of the company's history they were mainly earning their income from conveying Scandinavian emigrants to America, and by taking Norwegian-Americans back to Europe for vacations. As the number of emigrants declined the Swedish America Line, like most of the other great transatlantic companies turned to the cruise market. After 60 successful years, the company's passenger ship operations were dissolved in 1975, suffering severely from a weakened cruise market.

There were not many of the Norwegian emigrants who traveled by this line. The main reason for that is probably that it was a direct competitor to the Norwegian America Line, which could offer a better deal for Norwegians by having direct connections from Norwegian ports to New York. Norwegians traveling by the Swedish America Line had to go via Sweden.

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Fleet list:
 TypeName of ship  SortYear Built   SortConstruction Shipyard   SortTonnage (burthen)   Sort
  S/SDrottningholm1905 Alexander Stephen & Sons 11†182 gross 
  M/VGripsholm1925 Armstrong Whitworth & Co. 17†716 gross 
  S/SKungsholm (1)1902 Harland & Wolff 12†500 gross 
  M/VKungsholm (2)1925 Blohm & Voss 20†233 gross 
  S/SStockholm1900 Blohm & Voss 12†522 gross 

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Some companies may have had additional ships in their fleets to those mentioned above. They might not have been included if the ships were not engaged in the conveyance of emigrants. Some ships mentioned in the fleet lists may have been chartered from other companies, see the ship's description and history for more details.

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A selection of articles dedicated to help you in your genealogy search for your Norwegian ancestors. Transcripts and pictures of historic documents in connection with the ships and emigration. Also including articles about Pioneers & Norwegian Settlements Around the World
Articles about selected ships ships and special events in their history. Descriptions of some of the great maritime disasters involving emigrant ships, like the wrecking of the steamer Atlantic of the White Star Line, sinking of the ocean liner Empress of Ireland and the Thingvalla line steamer Norge disaster. Check this section if you have an interest in shipwrecks.
This section contains articles describing the transatlantic voyage, the condition of the steerage accommodations and the experience of an ocean travel on an emigrant ship. You will find in-depth studies concerning the emigration process, statistics and facts, and information about the immigration processing centers line Castle Garden and Ellis Island.
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