Sitmar Line – SS Castle
Bianco and the Family Karlsson sail to
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The Sitmar Ships
Our Voyage to
On the … SS Castelbianco
By Mr. Kurt Karlsson
SS Castelbianco seen after her first major rebuild in 1950
From the author’s private collection
hereby wish to thank Mr Kurt Karlsson or providing us with his story, regarding
him and his patents sailing from
This is my Mother’s passport photo
We lived on the main street of
The Sitmar Liner, the Castlebianco was gigantic (well, in the eyes of a child). And we were very excited about our trip to a new country. We had a lot of luggage. Two large trunks made of cane (basket weave), and many suitcases.
Photographs of our Departure
second from the left. I am seated on the left wearing a cap
Going up the gangplank whilst waving goodbye to
Going up the gangplank whilst waving goodbye to our family
Boarding Castelbianco, which is about to take us to a new home far across the sea.
Once aboard the ship, we waved goodbye to our
relatives, they took pictures of us and sent us copies (the ones seen on this
page). We out waited on deck for what seemed to be hours. Then we departed.
SS Castelbianco departs
SS Castelbianco departs
“Finally we are pulling away from the wharf. Our adventure has begun!”
The sleeping arrangements were as follows. The men were at one end of the ship in a large dormitory, with bunk beds, whilst the women and children were at the other end of the ship, also a large dormitory’s with bunk beds and cots. I remember that my mother had sewn a secret pocket inside my father's undershirt to hide our money.
Living on the ship was very exciting for me. Maybe that was because I was a boy with no worries. There were many children, and we would play all day long and collect soda bottles which we exchanged for chocolate and candy.
The cooks and kitchen staff were Italian and they really nice, they liked the kids. When we were hungry we would knock on the kitchen door, rub our stomachs because we only spoke Danish and they spoke Italian and English, thus, that was the only way to communicate. They would give us pieces of cake, buns and whatever they had extra. For me, that was the best part of the whole trip.
Most days were spent on deck reading, playing games
and talking. It was cold, but sunny on most days. Everything went well for a while, but then
when we were about half way across the
Then one morning someone was yelling look, look
… and there in the distance we saw an iceberg ... amazing. Then a bit
later we saw waterspouts shooting into the air … whales. Next we saw
land. We were told that this was
Then we arrived in
Above & below
Above & below: Mother’s and Fathers Canadian landing cards
When all documentation was completed we
photographs and images
All photographs and images(except for “SS Castlebianco seen after her first major rebuild in 1950”) were provided by Kurt Karlsson
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