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Anna Salen

On the 13th of August 1952 the Swedish ship Anna Salen was in collision with a Norwegian Whale Factory ship The Thorshovdi, in the enterance to the Pentland Firth. The Anna Salen was badly holed as can be scene in the photograph, she was taken alongside at Lyness were repairs were carried out by Metal Industries Ltd before continuing on her passage .
The Anna Salen had 800 passengers on board who were returning from the Olympic Games in Helsinki.
I doubt a ship would get to continue on her passage after having had such an event today.
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I immigrated to Australia wih my family on the Anna Salen from Germany to Melbourne arriving on the 16 Octomber 1954. I am unable to find any passenger list records for that year. Any information would be great.
Added by Gunda Learmonth on 19 January 2009
Im the Grand daughter of Ilse Kirchhoff who was on the the Anna Salen ship with her family in 1954. Bound for Aust. She would be thrilled if I could find someone who was on the same ship as her. Look foward to contacting someone:)
Added by Pina on 18 March 2009
My family was on that crossing. I was only 6 years old but remember going into lifeboats and landing. Also hit quite a storm on the way to Halifax.
Added by Sulo Viherjoki on 23 April 2009
My mother Gerda Olejniczak arrived in Australia July 1954 on the Anna Salen
I am interested in any information and passenger lists.

Added by Ralph Olson on 26 December 2009
My partner, his sister and parents (OTT family) arrived into Australia from Germany on the Anna Salen in December 1954. Would be happy to hear from anyone that arrived the same time.
Added by K Kitchener on 25 January 2010
I came to Australia on the 16 of October 1954
with the Anna Salen at Port Melboune
Added by Ilona Kaufholz on 30 April 2010
My husband and his sister and Parents (Schulze family) arrived from germany in 1953 in Australia on this ship..have not been able to find any lists, any contact would be great..
Added by Gwen Nicholson (Schulze) on 14 June 2010
I was 8 years old when I sailed on the Anna Salen and arrived in Australia in October 16 1954
I can remember that it was a rough trip
Added by Eve on 26 June 2010
I have a couple of pictures taken on that 1953 voyage of the ship loading and my inlaws and husband on board if anyone is interested in seeing them email me at gwen@beefree.co.nz
Added by Gwen Nicholson (Schulze) on 29 June 2010
My Mom and Dad and I arrived in Quebec City Aug, 2,1953 on the Anna Salen from Bremen Germany. I was 7 months old. I would love to be in touch with anyone who was on that voyage with us. Both my parents, Albert and Ruth Jansen, are alive and well. We live in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada. I have a few pictures of some folks on the ship. My email address is bananachristiana@hotmail.com and I would love to hear from you.
Added by Christiana Jansen on 04 August 2010
I was a passenger along with my parents and 2 brothers on the trip in Aug. 1952 have pictures of us sitting on deck with life jackets that night, would like to contact anyone eles on that trip
Added by Hans Hagemeier on 29 September 2010
Was a passenger on the 1952 trip from Germany to Halifax was 8 years old remember it very well, can be contacted at handmhagemeier@sypatico.ca
Added by Hans Hagemeier on 29 September 2010
Am still keen to contact anyone who was on the Voyage to Australia arriving April 1953
Added by Gwen Nicholson (Schulze) on 30 September 2010
Great greeting to my brother Hans Hagemeier, I received yor letter last week and this letter make me happy,very happy,my greetings to all family, sister Margaret, John and Reiner.
I shall writte soon! Writte to my adress jelena.belegisanin@hotmail.com
Added by Jelena Belegisanin Serbia on 20 December 2010
My name is Rita Harsant (nee Tesch) and I travelled to Australia aboard the Anna Salen with my sister, Monica and parents Heinz and Edith. We arrived in July 1954. I was 6 months old at the time. We were sent to Bonegilla Immigration Camp in Victoria and moved from there to Melbourne. I would love to contact anyone who may have knowledge/memories of that period.
My email is: ritaharsant@bigpond.com
Added by Rita Harsant(nee Tesch) on 26 February 2011
In reply to (nee Tesch) My parents were on the July 1954 arrival with my older brother Manfred who was 2 years old at the time. They to were sent Bonegilla, but only stayed there for a number of weeks before buying a small truck and driving to Adelaide where my father gained work as a carpenter.
Their stay at Bonegilla was not overly pleasant as the weather was very cold at the time and the huts had no supplied heating, however my parents did buy an electric heater where allowed to plug it into the light socket by one of the supervisors even though it was against camp rules.
My parents also did not like the food that came from the camp kitchen.
I will be seeing my mother in a few weeks and ask for more first hand details.

Added by Ralph Olson on 01 March 2011
In reply to Ralph Olson. I would love to hear of any details your mother may remember. My parents died many years ago and spoke very little of their time at Bonegilla and the voyage out here. I do have a couple of photos taken on board during the voyage. My father was also a carpenter. My sisite, Monica was also two at that time. Wonder if they may have played together?
Added by Rita Harsant(nee Tesch) on 02 March 2011
Anyone who came from Germany to Canada on about 26 October , 1953 aboard the Anna Salen - my Father In Law was on this voyage , Arthur Schatz- anyone remember him ? Love to hear from you .
Added by Maria Schatz on 18 April 2011
My goodness I litle knew when I put the photograph of this damaged ship onto this site how far the interest would travel!!.
Thank you so much, As Billy Conolly said "You have made a happy man very old"!!

[This stuff is solid gold for my talk to the Family History Society in a couple of week.... - Steven]
Added by John Budge on 19 April 2011
To John Budge, It was a whim in Sept. 2010 that I typed in the name of our ship The Anna Salen, once on the site it made me think of our voyage and a start of a new life in a new country, and at the present time I am writting a book about our trip and our lives in Canada. Am going back to Germany this Thursday to do some research, thanks for the motivation. Hans Hagemeier
Anonymous comment added on 25 April 2011
We have been back to Poland and Germany twice to do family research and look at all the places my husbands ancestors came from.. we watch this page with interest in the hope that someone else on that ship with my husband will turn up but so far they are all other voyages.
Added by Gwen Nicholson on 27 April 2011
My father was a bright-eyed 20 year old on his way to Canada aboard the Anna Salen when it was struck in 1952.

He says that he and his roommates were quartered so far in belly of the ship that they didn't even bother getting out of bed. They were prepared to go down with the ship, Titanic style. Eventually the steward did come down and chase them out onto deck, where the captain was telling people not to jump overboard. He was warning them that they wouldn't last five minutes in the frigid North Atlantic waters. My dad says they just looked at the captain like he was nuts: they weren't about to jump in there!

While they were waiting for repairs, my dad made friends with the American Olympic synchronized swim team, who taught him some English.
Added by Cory Gross on 26 May 2011
I came to Australia on the Anna Salen arriving in Melbourne on 16 October 1954. I came with my parents Walter and Ingeborg Doose. My mother worked for the Purser and my father taught English on the ship. Only have vague memories of this voyage but do remember the Suez Canal and Aden. Does anyone know how to get a passenger list?
Added by Margit O'Brien (Doose) on 01 August 2011
My father (Klaus Uthmann) departed Germany and arrived October 1954 in Australia on the Anna Salen. He was 11 at the time and traveled with his father (Ferdinand), his mother (Maria), his brothers Ferdinand and Erwin, plus his sisters Mechthild, Helga and Monika.
Added by Annie Whittle on 16 August 2011
My mum (Frauke Schleyer) also arrived on the Anna Salen in October 1954 as a six year old with her family. She remembers a rough time at sea and was quite ill most of the journey. Her mother was separated to look after a younger brother while mum and 3 other siblings were on another deck. She remembers being looked after by another parent and she would like to thank her one day if possible. There does not appear to be much information available about this journey and it has been interesting to read all the comments
Added by Michael Laws on 10 September 2011
I am looking on behalf of my father (Ernst Dieter Tews, possibly Meyer) who was nearly 12 when he arrived in Australia in October 1954, with his mother and step-father (Irmgard and Herman Meyer) and his sisters (Irmgard (Puppi) and Helga).
He is looking for any information at all that anyone can give him.
You can email me at belindatews@hotmail.co.uk
Added by Belinda Tews on 06 November 2011
I was on the Anna Salen in October 1953 with my parents Daniel and Maria Kendl. I gather from talking to my mother that Dad and I spent most of the voyage "hanging over the rails". The pictures are fascinating.
Added by Annemarie Kendl on 14 December 2011
We left Bremmen on the 15 Nov. 1953 on the Anna Salen. My dad's name was Theo Haarmann we had a very good trip till we got in middle of the Pacific and turned on the second water tank for drinking and in Aden they filled it with sea water. I was ten when we left.
Added by Rainer Haarmann on 23 January 2012
My father Manfred Roick was on the Anna Saeln from Bremerhaven to canada landing in Quebec on August 3rd, 1953. If you were on this ship with him I would love to know if you have any pictures. My eamil is jeff@mcnabbroick.com

Added by Jeff on 01 February 2012
My father came over from Bremerhaven to Canada in 1953. I have four pictures of him on the ship with some other passengers. Not sure if their friends or people he met on board. I also have the postcard he wrote to my mom before the ship left port. It is post marked 02.7.53. If anyone knows when the ship left port an what day and port it arrived in Canada.
Added by Rudy Galfi on 12 May 2012
I was a passenger of the Anna Salen sailing from Bremerhaven/Germany on June 16, 1952, arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (Pier 21) on June 25th, 1952.
I can be contacted at p.hessel@sympatico.ca. - May 25, 2012
Added by Peter Hessel on 25 May 2012
MV ANNA SALEN. October 1953 from Bremerhaven to Levis(Quebec). I was a single passenger (32 years)
"way below", bunk beds. My family joined me the following year. I am now a greatgrandfather living in Ottawa and everybody is well. What were the exact dates of departure and arrival? I shall be grateful for any information. The kids want to know! Oh yes: I was not sea-sick!
Added by Otto Haenlein (Hänlein) on 27 May 2012
MV ANNA SALEN October 1954 from Breberhaven to Melbourne with my Parents Erich, Tilly and Sister Antje.I was 15 years old and have very fond memories of our trip over. To date I have not heard or met anyone from this trip.
Added by Eric Bartkowiak on 20 July 2012
My parents, two sisters, and I were on The Anna Salen when it left Bremerhaven on Dec 17 1951, and arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax on Dec 29. My sisters and I have been trying to gather as much information as possible on our stay in DP camps (one in Heilbronn from 1946 to 1951) in many locations in Germany since we were taken from Poland by the Germans in 1942. We have a fair bit of info already but would like to fill in many gaps. Please let me know if you can help. Thank you.
Added by Caz Nizman on 29 July 2012
My parents and my eldest brother (Gunter, Inge & Gunter Jnr ANDRES) were on the Anna Salen in 1954 (10th October) when it travelled from Bremerhaven to Melbourne. They went onto Bonegilla by train and from there to Villawood. Anyone who has any photos or remembers them - wold love to hear from you. Both my parents are in their 80's now and have never spoken much of their journey. Cheers Karin (kazbah73@live.com.au)
Added by Karin Andres on 18 August 2012
I arrived on the Anna Salen on 16 October 1954 from Bremerhaven in Melbourne I like find some one that came at the same time. Hope to hear from some one
Ilona
Added by Ilona Berak ne Kaufholz on 25 August 2012
I was a 6 year old passenger on the Anna Salen along with my 12 year old sister and Mother and Father. We left from Bremerhaven and arrived in Melbourne a few days before Christmas 1953. We went my train to Bonegilla and the onto Orange and then went to Adelaide to live. My sister later married some one also who was on that same boat in 1953.
Added by Peter Wiechmann on 15 September 2012
I was on the Anna Salen from Bremerhaven to Melbourne arriving in October 1954. I was 6 years old at the time. My
father worked on the Anna Salen and did several trips to Canada and Australia before the 1954 journey as an immigrant, including the ill fated trip from Helsinki. He was quartermaster on that trip. I have a few photos, some old film etc. If anyone is interested please contact me.
Added by Brigitte Munckton on 29 September 2012
I have other photos of the Anna Salen including some taken after the accident as my father worked on the Anna Salen on this trip and others. Later, in October 1954 our family came to Melbourne from Bremerhaven on this ship.
Added by Brigitte on 29 September 2012
Bridget could you please email me.
I am interested in some photos\film
Added by Gwen Nicholson (Shulze) on 02 October 2012
Brigitte; I was 8 years old on the trip in 1952 if you have any pictures I would be very interested.
Added by Hans Hagemeier on 03 October 2012
I was 4 years old when I came to Halifax Canada from Le Havre aboard the Anna Salen in December 1951. I think I still remember the funny, unpleasant smell from the dining room or cafeteria. My parents were both too seasick to enjoy the food in any case. Several alarms in apparently the worst storm on the North Atlantic in 25 years at the time.
Added by Emile Subirana on 04 October 2012
I came across this site while researching on this migrant ship. I too arrived here in October 1954 and had my 7th birthday on board (19/09). Have just laboriously translated a voyage account by my father ( deceased) and found it fascinating. My own memories are vague, could not find much on migration records or ship information. I wanted to find out about the ship layout as we were a family of 8 and were split into different locations on the ship. I am retired now and want to delve deeper.
Added by Ted (Theo) Christians on 13 October 2012
I came to Canada on the Anna Salen, in 1952 from Bremer Haven to Quebec, I was 6 years old, I cannot seem to find a passenger list
Added by Heidi Strecha on 27 October 2012
Eduard and Frieda Puncken with children Hannelore, Dieter and Hilke arrived on the Anna Salen 2nd July 1954.
We went to Bonegilla and then on to Wacol migrant camp in Brisbane. I am Hilke and was 9 years old and have many memories of this time. Recently I obtained interesting information from the immigration museum in Melbourne. They have passenger lists and data of families.
Added by Hilke Morison on 10 November 2012
My father sailed on the Anna Salen April 1954 to Port Melbourne from Greece. Konstandions Koukoutatsios would be grateful to hear from anyone who was on that voyage or who can remember my father.
Added by Nick Kokotatsios on 11 November 2012
One year old, arrived December 1953
Added by LH on 13 December 2012
I posted earlier, re my trip across the Atlantic on the Anna Salen, I now have more details.

My mother, myself (6 yrs old) and my two yr old brother sailed and arrived at Halifax on November 16 1951. Prior to sailing we were held in a DP camp for months, because every scheduled boarding was denied because my brother always presented with a slight elevated fever. I remember my mother feeding him lemon juice, just prior to testing to hopefully reduce his temperature.

I remember the camps vividly, rows and rows of beds of women and children, going to the camp houses for meals,and also seem to remember women crying lots.

Our trip across the Atlantic was severe in the midst of winter, my mother was very ill, and could not come up out of the bunks, I would have to go to the cafeteria and bring food down for my brother. Once we arrived in Halifax, we went on the train to Quebec city, where, the car we were on, with many other women and children, was for some reason moved around on the tracks, and left miles away from the station. It was cold, no food, and my mother had some Oreo cookies, not sure why, or where she got them, but I remember being on that track for more than a day and a night, and eating nothing but Oreo cookies. Finally one of the single women on the train decided to walk to get help, and really, they had lost and forgotten about us. I must admire, all the women, who , in that time, survived the entire journey, from the DP camps, to their final destination.

Added by Heidi (Strecha) Howell on 07 January 2013
Believe my father may have come to Australia on the Anna Salen in 1954/1955, possibly landing in Western Australia. He was of German origin , named Gutav Ernst Rauch. he was an electrican by trade.
Added by Angela Sohios on 11 January 2013
My parents and almost 3 year old brother arrived in Melbourne from Bremerhaven on this ship, March 13 1955. It docked in the evening and passengers disembarked the following day.
I would be greatful for any information as I have been unable to find any records.
Added by Ingrid on 15 February 2013
For those wanting to access records try the National Archives of Australia. Either do a family name search or search for the Anna Salen specifically. Good luck all. My grandparents came out in 1954 and I have managed to find some records for them but not for viewing. Will have to buy copies!
Added by Karin on 23 March 2013
My parents arrived from Greece on the Anna Salen in 1955 arriving in Port Melbourne. There names were Efstratia and Evangelos Gianneli. They had a small child 18 months old. If anyone knows any information please email me angela_emmerson@hotmail.com. When they arrived they were seperated for a few months. Mum went to Bonegilla and I don't know what happened to my father during that time.
Added by Angie Emmerson on 01 May 2013
My Mother, brother and I travelled on the Anna Salen from Germany and arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax Aug.25th 1951 from Germany. I was 1 year old at the time. I am searching any information that may help me to locate my own documentation since my parents had long ago lost my landing papers and other important information. I am now 63 and am having difficulty with my proof of citizenship and arrival.
Names of DP camps, ports that the ship sailed FROM in Germany.
Added by Irene Gyselinck on 28 May 2013
My father, Herbert Miscchke, came across from Germany on the Anna Salen in 1952 with many men who were hired to work in Algonquin Park cutting trees. They lived in Pembrook ON on off days. Dad saved enough for my mother and brother to come live by December the same year. Dad and Mom are now gone but if anyone also travelled on that work crew I would love to hear from you.

Added by Ellen Glynn ( Mischke) on 05 June 2013
I came from Germany on the Anna Salen in July 1954, as a ten year old with my Mother and Stepfather, Anna Dorks and Walther Dorks. A;so my 22 year old brother Kurt Heimes. We left from Cuxhaven and arrived in Melbourne. We travelled to Adelaide with my Stepfather's Brother. I am the only one left now and would love to hear from anyone who travelled with us.
Added by Monika Bullock (Heimes) on 28 June 2013
I travelled to Fremantle port With my mother Pauline sinczuk and father sinczuk my name is Hilde sinczuk I since married 2 sons hughes arrived in Fremantle Anna Salena exactly on the 31st of dec 1950 I was 2 years old my birthday we spent a few months in Northam camp have a few old photos there still is a large community of poles and Germans living there now I am now 64
Added by Hilde on 20 August 2013
I came from Germany on the Anna Salen on the 2nd July 1954 as a 3 year old with my parents Heinz and Emmy Klibschon, my sister Monika age 11, brother Gerhard age 7, and my brother Karl age 23 months. We left from Bremerhaven, arrived in Melbourne, and went to Bonegilla, then on to the Wacol Migrant camp in Brisbane. Both my parents are deceased, so any photos or information about the trip and destinations would be much appreciated. I would love to hear from anyone who travelled with us.
Added by Ilona Taylor ( Klibschon) on 30 August 2013
To Caz Nizman - i am trying to help a friend who's parents and young sister were on the Anna Salen on the same date your family was. She said all they know is they arrived Halifax approx. Dec 29, 1951 Pier 21. They destroyed all info years ago when the parents died and now they are trying to find any info even about the ship list, etc. Her mother was born in Minsk, Russia and her father Jan Dekiel in Province of Prosno in Poland. If you can help in any way even with a ship list or other info - they would love to find out. THanks so much.
Added by Jackie Greenaway on 06 September 2013
hi I have been trying to find a list of passengers from the Ana Salen that arrived in Halifax in late 1951. I believe they (my in-laws) arrived in either late Oct or early December. They sailed from Bremen, stopped in Le havre and continued to Halifax. I am trying to get any info from that time. I would appreciate any assistance.
Added by Diana on 22 September 2013
My father came to Halifax, Canada July 1951 aboard the Anna Salen. Is there anyone else around that remembers that voyage?
Added by Ed G on 29 September 2013
Hi, my grandparents Gunther and Eleonore Jensen landed in Australia on April 18 1953. From Germany (Both now unfortunately deceased) If anyone has any information on this particular voyage please don't hesitate to contact me. Kim. Mivkovic79@gmail.com
Added by Kim ivkovic on 15 April 2014
My father, Pandelis (Pantelis)Angelidis departed from Piraeus, Greece and arrived in Melbourne, Australia December 1953 before being sent to Bonegilla then Armidale, NSW before settling in Melbourne.
Added by Mary Zoros (Angelidis) on 19 April 2014
My husband came out as a 14 yr old on the Anna Selen in June 1955 around the 16th? He boarded In Bremen. With his mother father & two sisters. His name is Gunter Franz Rieger now 73. his mother Lidia, father Franz coming from Gaggenau in the Black Forest area of Germany. he would love to contact others who came out at this time.
Added by Helen Rieger on 05 May 2014
my mom came from germany with 3 kids on april 19 1951,,,,,,,,are there any lists of names or pics..would love to see more.......dad was already here establishing a job and home for his family.
Added by Helen Ritchie on 07 May 2014
My mom landed in Halifax with 3 small children on April 19, 1951...................wondering if anyone else was on that voyage
Added by Helen Ritchie on 09 May 2014
Looking for German migrants who departed from Bremen, leaving in May 1955
Added by Helen Rieger for Gunter Rieger on 11 May 2014
My dad came over on August 7th, 1953 from Bremerhaven to Quebec City. Was anyone else on this voyage. Im going to download all his pics.
Added by Jeff on 19 May 2014
My mother, along with her parents and siblngs were passengers on the Anna Salen, sailing from Bremerhave, Germany on June 16, 1952 arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Pier 21) on June 25, 1952. I can be contacted at anitacameron90@hotmail.com
Added by Anita Cameron on 30 June 2014
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