S.S. Walnut

A Voyage to Freedom - 1948

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Into God's Hands

 A stormy sea -
the water 
looms endless -
cold and frigid;

We leave behind 
those we have loved
things we have known;

All my possessions
in one small suitcase -
are easy to pack;

What fate awaits us?

Together we came
with dread -
yet filled  with hope;

Into God's hands -
we placed our dreams
and our lives;

Deliver us all
from evil
Your kingdom come;

We thank You -
for this second chance
our lives anew.

Tiiu Roiser 
Dec. 2008




S.S. Walnut Voyage - Passenger Photographs

All photographs were donated by Walnut passengers and/or their families. 
All images on this page are used with permission and are Copyrighted by the image providers.  All rights reserved.   
I thank all the individuals who have graciously allowed their images to be posted to this website.  
A list of contributors appears on the links page. 


If you are a passenger, please help with the captions.  Names will only be posted with the permission of the subject depicted or if the name has already appeared in a published article.  Passenger names are identified in red.  

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Images of Ship "Walnut"


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View 7 Walnut life preserver - currently in the custody of family Saarniit. View 8

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View 9 At Göteborg pier
Nov. 12, 1948


In Sweden - Prior to Voyage

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Passengers boarding in Sweden.

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The Walnut carried passengers of all ages. Passengers and crew.

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Lysekil, Sweden.

Boarding in Sweden.

Port authorities check passengers in Sweden.

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Boarding the Walnut Port authorities check passengers. People watch from dock as Walnut pulls away.

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Those they left behind
at Lysekil.
As the Walnut leaves, the
A.B. Sveriges Forenade Konservabriker is clearly visible.
Last view of Lysekil, Sweden. 


Images Onboard


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Crowded decks Happy to be onboard. Not much room to move.

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Engine Room Shoveling coal.

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The stern held the lifeboats. Traveling companions. Luggage stowed in lifeboats.

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A calm sea day. Ladies' washroom

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On deck. Passengers A dirty job.

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Crew 1. Crew 2. Crew 3.

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August Linde.jpg (125227 bytes)

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Crew 4. Captain August Linde. Crew 6.

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Crew 7. Crew 8. Crew 9. 

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A clear & quiet day. Crew 10.  Passengers 1.

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Passengers 2. Passengers 3. Passengers 4.

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From the left:  Tiit & Toivo Madrus From the left:  Tiit & Toivo Madrus Toivo, Herbert & Tiit Madrus

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Helene Remmel, 
Hilda & Voldemar Vahtula
Koidula Roiser 1. Koidula Roiser 2.

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Below deck 1. Below deck 2. `Below deck 3.

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Below deck 4. Below deck 5. Below deck 6.

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Below deck 7. Below deck 8. Below deck 9.

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Below deck 10. Below deck 11. Below deck 12.

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Passengers 8. Passengers 9. Passengers 10.

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Passengers 11. Passengers 12. 
Waiting in the food line.
Passengers 13.

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Passengers 14. Passengers 15. From the left:  
Herbert Madrus and Manfred Kalm

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Manfred Kalm Onboard eating area. From left:
Eduard Kuutma and 
Helmuth Suursööt


Sligo, Ireland

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Disembarking in Sligo.


Departing Sligo.

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Bringing aboard cargo

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Curious visitors in Sligo

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Local priests bless ship and passengers

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Sligo residents bid farewell.


In Halifax & Pier 21

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First views of Canada. Through the canal
from Sydney to Halifax.


Halifax harbour?

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Pier 21-1
Passengers await their fate.
Pier 21-2
Man on left?
  Right:  Herbert Madrus
Luncheon line.

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Left:  Nelly Hubel 
(nee Gustavson)
in line for food.
Lunch is served 1. Refugee camp cook.

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Everyone was on kitchen duty. Lunch is served 2. Manivald Sein 
does the dishes.

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Clean up crew. Passing time at DP camp. Playing cards.

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Christmas events 
at refugee camp.
Santa came to visit.. A gift for the eldest passenger.

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Manivald Sein searches 
for music.
Dancing 1.
Heljo Vichman 
& Manivald Sein
Dancing 2.

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At the refugee camp. Manfred Kalm 
& Manivald Sein
Refugee camp.
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Heljo Vichman, Manfred Kalm, Manivald Sein & ? Christmas events.
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Pier 21 - 2005. Walnut exhibit. Pier 21 - 2005


Photos Without Captions

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Perhaps leaving Sweden?


Perhaps leaving Sweden?


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