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Ex MS Genova, Capitaine Potie, Belgian Freighter, Empire Swan, Missourian
1955 Postcard of the Flaminia issued by Cogedar Lines
*Unless marked otherwise, all photos/postcards are from the author’s private collection
One day per email came this request,
“Can you advise me if you have any information on the ss Flaminia
(Cogedar Line) as I sailed on this her - Heaps of stuff on the Aurelia but not
much on the Flaminia.” In response, I decided to add this ship to
ssMaritime and have her story told. It has been said that she was an
“unremarkable and a spartan ship.” This
may be so, but she transported thousands of migrants to
Flaminia was built by the “Merchant
MS Missourian as built
In 1940, she was sold to the British
Government who placed her under the management of Runciman
Ltd who entered her in the British Merchant Navy renamed Empire Swan. In 1942
she was transferred to the exiled Belgian Government based in
In May 1948, Capitaine Potie was sold to Cia. Genovese d’Armamento (Cogedar Line) and by the fact that she was now registered in Genova she was renamed Genova.
Cogedar sent her to the Monfalcone shipyard in Trieste for an extensive rebuilding programme seeing holds removed, the superstructure enlarged, when completed she provided spartan accommodation for up to 800 third class passengers. In addition, she received a traditional funnel, certainly making her appearance more pleasing. Ready as a passenger liner, she commenced a successful service to the River Plate ports in 1949, which lasted for five years.
Seen here as Cogedar’s MV Genova after her first rebuild in 1948/49
In 1954 Cogedar decided to place her on the Australian migrant service. Again, she received rebuild at Malfacone Trieste, where her B&W diesels were removed and replaced by efficient Sulzer diesels. The superstructure was enlarged even further to accommodate additional public rooms, deck space and a swimming pool. With additional cabin space, she now accommodated 1024 passengers in moderate comforts, considering, most cabins had eight berths. She was renamed Flaminia now being 8,776 ton with a length of 141m, and a breadth of 19m. Her rebuilding was completed in March 1955.
Postcard with an artist impression of Flaminia’s new forward extensions to be completed in 1955
Flaminia arriving in Sydney Australia around 1959
Then, in December 1958, she commenced a new
service, collecting migrants from the
Mr. Geoff Archer wrote and told the author that the MS Flaminia transported the
3rd Battalion of The Royal Australian Regiment from Penang (
Flaminia served on the Europe to
Flaminia berthed at Circular Quay Sydney towards the end of her Australian service
On her return to
Seen here as the Pilgrim ship MS King Abdelaziz
Photograph by P.W. Hobday,
sent in by a supporter from the
She was used on the pilgrim trade from Jedda, but she ran aground an Algaham
Reef, off Jedda on 30 April 1965. After being
re-floated, she returned to
The Flaminia may have been a modest ship, but
for many of those who sailed on her, most had a happy experience. She took them
to a new land
Cogedar retained the popular Aurelia and the
sleek Flavia on the Australian trade, until the migrant trade
began to decrease due to air travel. Soon Cogedar withdrew their ships and had
them occasionally cruising in the
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
Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”
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