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Cogedar Lines

MS Flaminia

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Story & Photographs provided by:

Mrs Gertraud Eberhöfer, nee Boesch and Mrs Hildegard Engstler, nee Bartel


Austrian’s become lifelong Friends as they sail from

Trieste Italy to Sydney Australia in 1958


MS Flaminia seen at sea in 1958

This page contains the story of four young Austrian’s; the girls being: Gertraud (22), Hildegard, and their respective husbands (to be?): Heinz (26) and Werner, who had decided “to live in a country far away from home, because we were young and were looking for adventure.” The two couples met whilst on the Flaminia and became lifelong friends to this day!

Photo 1: Is this Gertraud and Heinz or you Hildegard and Werner? And this is in Trieste, right?

All migrants from around Austria had to come to Salzburg in Austria on October 1 to a Military Camp, which was the official meeting point Then that evening we departed Salzburg by train for Trieste Italy arriving the next morning, the 2nd,.and after clearing all the formalities on the wharf we boarded the Flaminia that immediately gave us the impression of being a very friendly ship as the crew was so nice to us all.

Ticket cover 


This is Gertraud’s ticket – Cabin 252, and she occupied berth “B”


Gertraud and Heinz enjoying some time in the Bar


Werner, Hildegard, Gertraud and Heinz having a bottle of bubbly in the Lounge


The sun shone for most of the voyage and Gertraud made the best of it out on deck


This is far forward of the ship and a perfect place to take in the sun and even take a nap


Finally arrived in Sydney and here we see Gertraud, one of the waiters and Hildegard out on deck



Right photo: Sydney - Heinz, Hildegard and Gertraud having disembarked the MS Flaminia

Left photo: Gertraud, Flaminia’s Captain Guiseppe Quarini & Hildegard


Page One:     MS Flaminia History Page

Page Two:    A Holocaust Survivor sails to Australia

Page Three:  Lifelong friends sail to Australia in 1958

Page Four:    Ingolf Schreiber’s Voyage in 1960

Also visit:     Cogedar's MS Aurelia

                     Cogedar’s SS Flavia


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