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From: E.Finch.< >
Subject: Re: [TSL] MS Gripsholm (1947)/MS Seven Seas (1954)
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 11:35:41 +0000


Hi Jens,

You can find details of the "Gripsholm" (built 1925) at Lou's emigration
website at -

<http://www.fortunecity.com/littleitaly/amalfi/13/ships.html>;

The "Seven Seas" was built by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co, Chester, Pa. in
1940 as the "Mormacmail" for the US Moore McCormack Line as a freighter. She
was a 12,575 gross ton ship, length overall 492ft x beam 69.2ft, one funnel,
one mast, single screw and a speed of 16 knots.
Launched on 15/1/1940, she went to the US Navy in 1941 and was renamed "Long
Island". In April 1947 she was laid up and in 1948 was sold to the Caribbean
Land & Shipping Co, renamed "Nelly" and rebuilt as a passenger ship with
accommodation for 20-1st class and 1,066-tourist class. In 1949 she made her
first Bremen - Australia voyage and in 1953 was renamed "Seven Seas". In
1955 she was chartered to the German Europe-Canada Line and on 30/4/1955
commenced her first Bremen - Havre - Southampton - Quebec - Montreal voyage.
In Jan 1956 she made her first Bremen - Rotterdam - Havre - Southampton -
Halifax - New York voyage (winter service) and in April 1956 resumed Bremen
- Quebec - Montreal voyages. She was bought outright by Europe-Canada Line
in 1956 and in April 1963 made her last Bremen - Rotterdam - Havre -
Southampton - Quebec - Montreal voyage and subsequently ran to New York.
On 17/7/1965 she had a serious fire in the engine room while 500 miles from
St John's NF to which port she was towed. She was repaired and on 20/6/1966
resumed the New York - Southampton - Havre - Rotterdam - Bremen service,
starting her last voyage on 13/9/1966.
She was bought by Rotterdam University the same year and employed as a
students' hostel.
[North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.4,p.1738]

I don't have any information on her after this date.

regards
Ted

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