September 3, 1943

Liner to Meet Japanese Ship
New York City, N.Y.—The Swedish ocean-going liner Gripshom put to sea here yesterday with 1,330 Japanese civilians who will be exchanged for 1,250 Americans and 250 other allied nationals who have been held in the Orient since Pearl Harbor. An additional 173 Japanese will be embarked in Rio de Janeiro. The destination port of call for the exchange ship is the Portuguese colony of Mormugao in Goa on the western coast of India, where she will meet the Japanese ship Teia Maru. The list of returning Americans will be finalized after the ships meet and will be made public at that time, expected to be around October 1. The Gripshom also carries supplies, medicine, and personal packages for American prisoners of war (POWs) held by the Japanese. This is the second exchange trip the Gripshom has made, the first made last year.

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