Skaugen Line ~ M/S Skaubryn - 1951

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MS Skaubryn 

The Woering Family sails for New York in 1956


Images on this page were kindly provided by Mr. Harold Woering

Except those marked otherwise


MS Skaubryn about to set sail from Rotterdam the Netherlands bound for New York

Photographs of the departure were taken by a family member


Harold Woering was just 4 when he departed Rotterdam, yet he still has some memories of his adventure across the Atlantic. He kindly provided these snapshots, which we are sure will delight all those who have fond memories of what was a fine and a well run little ship.

The Woering family arrived at their destination on September 28, 1956. More on his adventure later.

The author has received many emails of past passengers, including one passenger, Mr. Weiss, who happened to be on her last fateful voyage when she caught fire on March 31, 1958. Thankfully, it was a calm day at sea and all passengers were safely evacuated, but sadly one passenger suffered a heart attack and passed away. She sank on April 6. We hope to have MR’ Weiss’ story and photographs on line soon.

You can read the complete Skaubryn history on


Soon the gangway will be removed and the MS Skaubryn will set sail


Skaubryn sets sail with a full complement of passengers heading towards a new life in America


The Dutch SS Zuiderkruis is seen docked as MS Skaubryn sails down the Maas River towards the North Sea


In the Dinning Room, Harold is seen top right with his Mother, his Father seated opposite them


Mr. Woering with Harold and his Mother just right behind him seated the aft Tourist Class Lounge

This photographs was obviously taken whilst in port as the window indicates


Drinks for anyone? No not for a 4 year old!


It is good to have a nice (be it a little cool) sunny day whilst crossing the Atlantic


Harold is seen her whilst Skaubryn was in port. I hope to determine which one soon


Below the Farewell Dinner Menu dated September 26, 1956






I hope to add more to this page in the near future. Also look out for Mr. Weiss’ page to come online soon.

Skaubryn arrives in Fremantle

Photograph West Australia Newspapers

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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