Our guest speaker yesterday was our longtime member Astrid. She shared with us her family's journey from Norway to America. It was so interesting and when she said that her family had sailed across the Atlantic on the Norwegian American Line ship the S. S. Stavangerfjord I jumped in my seat. My family too had sailed on the Stavangerfjord back in 1955. Although I was under two years old and can't remember anything, my family has always told me the stories associated with this voyage.
Astrid told us a story of celebrating her birthday on the ship and having a ribbon on her hat that read: S.S. Stavangerfjord. Well, here's a photo of those same ribbons from the voyage my family took:
Above is an old postcard photo of the Stavangerfjord. We boarded this ship in New York City. Back then they still had different classes of passage; first, cabin and tourist. Below is some technical information about this grand old ship.
I can't forget about the great food the Scandinavians enjoy, so here is a copy of one of the dinner menus on the sailing:
My beloved Danish grandparents immigrated to Washington state from Denmark in the 1900's. Here's a photo of them taken around the same time as this trip:
When I decided to write this post I knew I had all the keepsakes put away some where. I looked high and low for these items and finally found them tucked away with my cookbooks. While looking for them, I came across this knife of my father's:
If you look real close, you will see the words Stavangerfjord on the bow of the ship. During these past few years, I have met two people who have sailed on the Stavangerfjord; Astrid and another Norwegian lady who was a musician on the ship back in the 1950's.
This ship and many like her sailed many miles across the sea, carrying its passengers back to the homeland or to their new home. From what I have read, the S. S. Stavangerfjord was retired in 1963 and I believe sold for scrap metal. I'm sure there are many many passengers who have fond memories of sailing on this grand old ship.
If you are of Scandinavian descent, please click on the link above for Daughters of Norway and see if there's a lodge near you. It's a wonderful way to meet new friends and learn about your Scandinavian heritage.
I wish each of you a wonderful fun filled week.