Einar Storm Trosdal
AMONG the out-of-town shipping men who have found it necessary, or advisable, to " open a New York office owing to the changed conditions brought about by the war is E. S. Trosdal, president of the South Atlantic Steamship Line, transatlantic charterers from New Orleans, Galveston and the Gulf, and vice-president of the Churchill Line, operators in the transatlantic trade from Savannah and other South Atlantic ports, who has his New York offices at 50 Broad Street, rooms 434-6.
Mr. Trosdal is one of those men of Viking ancestry who so prominently maintain the high prestige of Norwegian mastery of maritime affairs. Of Norwegian birth, but long active in marine affairs in the United States, he has made his way to the front by the force of exceptional abilities, thorough knowledge of shipping affairs, tireless energy and exceptional ability.
Einar Storm Trosdal was born in Christiania in 1880, graduated from the Christiania Handels- gymnasium in 1897, and came out to the States the following year, locating in Savannah, where he became connected with the naval stores export business, in which he was actively engaged for hfteen years, during which period a large part of his time was spent abroad in the interests of the rxport end of the business, as well as the shipping usiness that had been built up as an adjunct to the export department, and which resulted in the formation in 1905 of the South Atlantic Steamship Line. Mr. Trosdal took over the active management of this line in 1908 and became president in 1913, by which time the line was well established as general cargo carriers, not only in Savannah but in the Gulf as well, with branch l feces in all the principal South Atlantic and Gulf ports, and did an extensive business. From this rime on his entire time was devoted to shipping, and in 1915 he acquired an interest in and became :he vice-president and active manager of the Churchill Line, probably the oldest and best shipping establishment in the South At-lantic.
The Churchill Line had established an excelent standing in the maritime world, but Mr. Trosdal, bringing his energetic and skillful management to its executive direction, brc„_\:r ar. Enlargement of business which added greatly to its importance in the shipping world. He has in fact in his Southern shipping connections beer, one of the most prominent of the men who have been engaged in the remarkably successful work of developing the overseas business of the Southern ports, and especially of Savannah. He is ranked high in the citizenship of that port and one of the men who is most prominent in the plans and movements for the benefit of that port and in every policy for the welfare of Savannah.
By reason of his extensive and varied experience in exports as well as in shipping, Mr. Trosdal occupies a prominent place in shipping circles, being president of the Savannah Maritime Association, executive member of the Savannah and Gulf Steamship Conference, and member of various committees devoted to the interests of shipping and exports. Besides being a director of the Liberty Bank and Trust Company of Savannah, he is also an officer and director in various companies, both in the South and here in New York. One of his prominent interests is the New Jersey Shipping & Dredging Company, of which corporation he is the president. This company, which has its yard and shops at Bayonne, New Jersey, is probably the largest and best equipped of its kind in the world, and does a very large amount of work around New York Harbor, specializing in the more difficult rock drilling contracts, of which the Hell Gate work, in which the company is at present engaged, is a notable example.
Mr. Trosdal has served as Norwegian Vice- Consul in Savannah since 1906, and is Honorary Vice-President of the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Savannah Cotton Exchange, Savannah Board of Trade and New York Produce Exchange and other business associations having to do with the promotion of shipping and commercial interests. Besides being a member of the various prominent clubs in Savannah, he belongs to the New York Club and the Whitehall Club.
Fie has established for himself a place of influence and prominence in the business life of the metropolis