See this post for more information about my Grandmother’s diary.
August 21, 1943 – Saturday
“Found out by radio today they have changed the date for mailing package to be in New York by Aug 27. Afraid it will never reach there in time. The Gripsholm is to sail Sept 1. However I’ll try and have it ready to mail Mon a.m.“
The Swedish liner, the SS Gripsholm was chartered to the US State Department during World War II, from 1942 to 1946, as an exchange and repatriation ship, under the protection of the Red Cross, hence the term “mercy ship”. The Gripsholm also carried mail and food packages to prisoners of war.