This is a Postcard sent to me by my sister Mrs Emily Calleja (nee Coxhead) who was on the ship. The Postcard was posted at Aden, being the first stop after the ship left Malta.

Launched 7-10-1950
Built oresundsvarvet landskrona and howaldtswerke Kiel
Tonnage 9786
Speed 16 knts
Prop. Diesel / single screw
Width 57 ft = 17-3 metres
length 458 ft = 139.6 metre

A brief history and photographs of this ship are available from
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She was a 9,786 gross ton ship, owned by I.M.Skaugen, Oslo who was mainly concerned in the cargo and tanker trades. After successfully converting another ship as an emigrant carrier to resettle displaced persons to Australia, he purchased the incompleted cargo carrier SKAUBRYN and finished building her as an emigant ship.

Built by Oresundsvarvet A/B, Landskrona, she was completed by Howaldtswerke, Kiel with accommodation for 16-1st and 1,205-tourist class passengers and started her maiden voyage from Bremen to Malta, Port Said and Australian ports in March 1951.

On one occasion she was chartered by the French Government for trooping work and in Nov.1956 was taken over by the British Ministry Transport to carry British troops from Singapore to the United Kingdom. Apart from these voyages, the SKAUBRYN made four voyages between Liverpool and Canada for the Greek Line in 1957, and then returned to the Bremen - Australia service.

On 31st Mar.1958 she foundered in the Indian Ocean as the result of a fire in the engine room. Apart from one passenger dying from a heart attack in one of the lifeboats, there was no other loss of life among the 1,288 passengers. After this loss the service was withdrawn and Skaugum's other ship SKAUGUM was converted to a cargo ship.

[North Star to Southern Cross by John Maber]

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