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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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.