Original MS Berlin Carving formally MS Gripsholm – Large Column
An Ornate original carving from the renowned MS Berlin, which was formally the MS Gripsholm.
Larger column, this appears to be carved from a solid tree, slight damage and paint loss, but in original condition.
MS Gripsholm was an ocean liner, built in 1924 by Armstrong Whitworth in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, for the Swedish American Line for use in the Gothenburg-New York City run.
From 1942 to 1946, the United States Department of State chartered MS Gripsholm as an exchange and repatriation ship, carrying Japanese and German nationals to exchange points where she then picked up US and Canadian citizens – and British married to Americans or Canadians – to bring home to the USA and Canada.
In this service she sailed under the auspices of the International Red Cross, with a Swedish captain and crew. The ship made 12 round trips, carrying a total of 27,712 repatriates. Exchanges took place at neutral ports; at Lourenço Marques in Mozambique or Mormugoa in Portuguese India with the Japanese, and Stockholm or Lisbon with the Germans.
After the war, MS Gripsholm was used to deport inmates of US prisons to Italy and Greece, one of which was Lucky Luciano.
The Swedish American Line sold Gripsholm to Norddeutscher Lloyd in 1954, who renamed her MS Berlin.
NDL Passenger ship Berlin starting New York in 1957. MS Berlin was sold for scrap in 1966.
55in x 10in 140cm x 26cm
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