Skaugen Line ~ M/S Skaubryn - 1951

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                                                     MS Skaubryn                                                                

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Skaubryn arrives in Fremantle

Photograph © West Australia Newspapers


Looking for Survivors of the Survivors from MS Skaubryn’s last voyage!

It will be 50 years on 31st March 2008, when a fire broke out in the engine room of the MS Skaubryn on her crossing to Australia in the Indian Ocean.

I, Ingeburg Schwertner (nee Dammasch) was one of the passengers on the way to Australia to follow my love. My friend Lothar had migrated to Australia on the same ship in November 1956.  He wrote to me in the DDR and invited me to come to Australia.  We married on the 12th of July 1958 and have lived a very happy life in Australia.

We have two children and have moved around Australia quite a bit. Started our married life in Sydney, than moved to Tea Gardens, lived in Woomera for seven years and worked on the Rocket Range. Moved back to Sydney and are now living in Northern New South Wales in a Sub-tropical Paradise.

I have never regretted having migrated to Australia and have had a wonderful life here. Since it now comes to an anniversary of the tragic drama at sea, when we saved the most important thing, namely our lives (except for one gentleman) I often wondered what has become of all the other passengers, where have they ended up and what life experiences they have encountered?

It would be very interesting to hear from any other survivor after 50 years in Australia.

Please contact me on our e-mail:

Mrs. Ingeburg Schwertner (nee Dammasch)


Another passenger from this ill-fated voyage!

My name is Jochen (Joe) Wagner and I also was on the MS Skaubryn when she caught fire. Sadly I lost all my belongings that day, and I had no insurance! I read the story about Inge and I remembered her when we stayed in Aden. I was in a group in an Army Camp in the dessert and there were some girls who came to visit at times, there was a Gerda von Baron as well as Inge, although I cannot remember all names, there was also in our group a tall chap by the name of Paul Seemann, I often wonder what happened to them all.

I came originally from Bielefeld and was on the way to Australia and I live in Kingston Tasmania, and I have lived in Tasmania since 1960. I would like to hear from anyone who knew me. You can email me at:

Joe Wagner.

MS Skaubryn Index:

Page 1   The Skaubryn story with images.

Page 2   The Woering family at sea.

Page 3   The Harold Weiss story – the Skaubryn fire on March 31, 1958 with photographs.

Page 4   Ingeburg Dammasch (she later married in Australia to become Mrs. Schwertner) is a survivor from the last voyage and she is looking for fellow passengers of Skaubryn’s final voyage – Also: the Jochen (Joe) Wagner story.

Page 5   The Lerche Family sails for Australia in 1957.


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