SKAUBRYN 1958 THE FIVE SHIPS INVOLVED IN THE EVENT OF APRIL 1958
The location in the Indian Ocean where the SKAUBRYN caught fire
The ship was abandoned on the 1st April in the Indian Ocean, two days out of Aden. It was then towed by a British warship to the Red Sea while still on fire. On the 6th of April the ship broke in two sections and sank.
The first ship to arrive on the scene was the oil tanker CITY OF SYDNEY. This was about three hours after the lifeboats were lowered in the Ocean from the burning Skaubryn. It was an unbelievable scene to see men, women and children all trying to climb on to deck of the tanker. Somehow they did. Many fell down exhausted, lying on the steel deck of the ship. Some even fell asleep on the spot.
Some of the lifeboats drifting about in the calm ocean. Some were taking water and other drifted far away from each other. It was truly a miracle that all the boats were found and were somehow brought close up to the oil tanker
THE ITALIAN LINER M.V. ROMA
The Italian Liner M.V. Roma was the 2nd ship to come to the rescue. The ship picked up all the 1300 survivors from the oil tanker City of Sydney and sailed back to Aden.
The Dutch Liner Johan Van Oldenvarnabelt was on its way from Europe to Australia. While at Rome the news of the Skaubryn disaster was received by the Captain. The ship made its way to Aden and picked up some of the survivors, taking them to Australia.
The English Liner S.S. Orsova was also on its way from England to Australia. It arrived in Aden some days later and picked up the rest of the Skaubryn survivors
THE M.S. SKAUBRYN AT MALTA
THE M.S. SKAUBRYN AT FREMANTLE - AUSTRALIA
THE M.S. SKAUBRYN AT SURABAYA
The MS Skaugum - sister ship of the Skaubryn
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