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Scandinavian American Line History and Ephemera

Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskab Aktieselskab - The United Steamboat Company Corporation operates as the Scandinavian-American Line

Scandinavian American Line - Skandinavien Amerika Linien

In the early years, many immigrants from Scandinavia and the Baltic States crossed the ocean to the New World in ships from the Scandinavian American Line. Favored in the early 20th century, alike by those who crossed the Atlantic for pleasure and for business, the Scandinavian-American Line -- the descriptive name under which the company operated its passenger service between the United States and the Scandinavian countries -- typifies everything that made ocean travel a delight.

Scandinavian-American Line Passenger Lists


  • Neutral Flag: The Scandinavian-American Line (1916)
    The Scandinavian-American Line is what its name implies—a link between Scandinavia and America. As the pioneer in establishing direct routes for transportation of passengers and freight between the Scandinavian countries and the United States, it justly deserves much credit for the friendly and intimate relations prevailing between these nations.

Vintage Brochures

Scandinavian American Line (Skandinavien Amerika Linie)
1917 Brochure from the Scandinavian American Line 1917 Scandinavian American Line: Regular Direct Communication Between New York and Norway, Sweden and Denmark
1917 Brochure covers History, Fleet, Accommodations (First, Second and Third Class), Connections at Ports, Information on Scandinavia and Offices and Agencies.
1920s Passenger Service To and From Northern Europe - Scandinavian-American Line 1920s Passenger Service To and From Northern Europe - Scandinavian-American Line
This 16-page brochure from Scandinavian-American Line is devoted to thier cabin service to and from Northern Europe. It contains information for passengers about their fleet and cabin accommodation. Second half of brochure (not uploaded) consists of two pages about the Countries of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark (Scandinavia), and Continental Tours from Copenhagen.


  • 1912 Brochure: Direct Line From Scandinavia to America - Brochure provided to immigrants from the Scandinavian American Line, written in Swedish. Full English Translation not currently available.
  • 1912 Brochure: Skandinavien-Amerika Linie, Enda Direkta, Post- Och Passagerare-Ångfartygs-Förbindelse Mellan Skandinavien Och New York Med Nya, Moderna och Ytterst Komfortabelt Inredda Dubbelpropeller-Express-Ångfartvgen Oscar II, Hellig Olav, United States, Samt Dubbelpropeller-Ångfartyget C. F. Tietgen (Coming Soon)


Vintage Dinner Menus
Dinner Bill of Fare from the Scandinavian-American Line - Skandinavien Amerika Linie
inner Menu, Scandinavian American Line S.S. Frederik VIII, 1920, Second Cabin 1920-08-08 Dinner Menu - S.S. Frederik VIII - Second Cabin

Typical Sunday evening Danish menu that emphasizes meat and cheeses to make open faced Danish sandwiches that are very common throughout Denmark and especially Copenhagen. A delightful fare for Second Cabin guests of the steamship Frederik VIII in 1920.

Front Cover 1923-06-25 Dinner Menu - S.S. Hellig Olav - Cabin

Dinner Menu from the S.S. Hellig Olav of the Scandinavian American Line for Cabin Passengers on 25 June 1923 featured a very limited menu compared to other menus of that same era.

Dinner Menu, Skandinavien Amerika Linen S.S. Hellig 1924 1924-05-10 Dinner Menu - S.S. Hellig Olav - Cabin

Combination Dinner Menu and Music Program for 10 May 1924 Cabin Passengers on board the S.S. Hellig Olav of the Scandinavina American Line on an Eastbound Voyage from New York to Copenhagen.


Vintage Luncheon Menus
Luncheon Bill of Fare from the Scandinavian-American Line - Skandinavien Amerika Linie
Lunch Menu, Scandinavian-American Line, S.S. Frederik VIII, 1923 1923-10-19 Lunch Menu - S.S. Frederik VIII

Lunch Menu, Scandinavian-American Line, S.S. Frederik VIII, 1923 for Second Cabin passengers included both hot and cold selections. Menu printed in Danish Only - Primarily Scandinavian dishes.


Other Scandinavian-American Line Documents in the Archives In the Queue For Uploading


  • 1928-02-01 Brochure: Tourist Third Cabin - Scandinavian-American Line includes information about accommodations, Passage Rates, Bookings Beyond Ports of Call, Tourist Third Cabin Deck Plan - S.S. United States / S.S. Oscar II / S.S. Hellig Olav; Photographs of Wash Room, Typical Tourist Third Cabin Stateroom, Promenade Deck and Ship's Orchestra, Smoking Saloon on the Promenade Deck, Dining Saloon (Large) for Tourist Third Cabin. Sailing Schedule for 1928 and Tour Information.
  • 1932 Brochure: Excursion to Scandinavia, Scandinavian Fraternity of America, Sponsored by Seattle Lodge No. 61. Leave New York on May 28 on board the Scandinavian-American Line flagship Frederik VIII. 12 Panels (Fold Out). Photographs include: S.S. Frederik VIII, Cabin on Steamer, and other destination scenes.

Other Items

  • 1913 Hat Ribbon (Cap Tally) Frederik VIII - Gold Lettering on Black Ribbon with Skandinavien Amerika Linen crest on both sides (Logo with flags of Sweden, US, Norway and Denmark (Clockwise).
  • 1923-10-19 Lunch Menu, S.S. Frederik VIII, Second Cabin, In Danish and English
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