Centaur

Steve
26th March 2004, 21:24
Centaur

http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/BlueFunnel/Centaur_03.jpg

Ian
27th March 2004, 17:18
This is a great ship...........

david smith
21st October 2004, 17:41
Centaur departing Freemantle, Austrailia. built 1963 9.000tg

Fairfield
21st October 2004, 20:16
Great photo of a very unique ship.Saw her during her building and before her trials.Interesting ship in the background-looks like one of the ex-Cunard cargo liners built in the 60s.

david smith
21st October 2004, 21:06
If memory serves me well it is a Bank Line ship in the background but I cahallenge anyone to prove me wrong!

tanker
26th October 2004, 13:38
Yes David she is exactly a Bank. more difficult what Bank she is!!!!

flyer682
9th December 2004, 10:18
Now here's a possibility for that mystery ship. Here's a picture of the WAMBIRI of the State Shipping Service (West Australia). Used to trade from Fremantle to North-west Australian ports.
She is the ex-Cunard PARTHIA of 1963.

Fairfield
9th December 2004, 10:20
I think you/ve solved the mystery.I enlarged the photo of CENTAUR and yes,it definitely looked like an ex-Cunarder.Didn/t know one went on the Australian coast.

tanker
9th December 2004, 14:53
Yes ,i have forgot this mystery but i think you are right ,the derricks are of
a Cunarders ,the illusion was the buff funnel!!!!

Rhiw.com
27th March 2005, 18:26
Scanned this from a postcard that was sent from the Centaur in the late 1960's, He was a neighbour of mine who sailed on her as passenger from Fremantle to Singapore, Hope you like, Regards Tony.

R798780
28th March 2005, 06:52
Now here's a possibility for that mystery ship. Here's a picture of the WAMBIRI of the State Shipping Service (West Australia). Used to trade from Fremantle to North-west Australian ports.
She is the ex-Cunard PARTHIA of 1963.

I joined Parthia as third mate in May 1971 when she was laid up in Falmouth. Took her up to Middlesbrough where she was dry-docked and renamed StaShip I. Then took her out to Hong Kong where she was handed over to her new Australian owners in July 1971. The old man was Eddie Watkins, Mate Phil Owen, 2nd Mate Alex Reid. Paul Hancock 4th Engineer, Alex Straus Electrician. The others are a blank at the mo.

flyer682
28th March 2005, 21:16
Thanks for that Hugh.
I wonder if anyone can tell us what eventually happened to her?

john g
31st March 2005, 12:27
That mystery ship.....The Scotia ex Cunard was sold to Neptune Orient Lines as the "Nepune Amber".......A singapore based company...maybe it was "she" I seem to remember her being handed over in Amsterdam circa 69-70 maybe 71...john g

Rhiw.com
14th July 2005, 13:36
Thought you might like a look at this? It's an original welcome aboard booklet from the Centaur, it's got eight pages with information about the vessel, with plenty of do's and don'ts. It was lent to me by a neighbour who sailed on her as a passenger in the 1960's, Regards Tony (*))

flyer682
15th July 2005, 05:11
Can we have a peek inside it as well please?

Rhiw.com
15th July 2005, 07:31
Can we have a peek inside it as well please?

Your wish is my command!!! Regards Tony. (Thumb)

Rhiw.com
15th July 2005, 07:33
Can we have a peek inside it as well please?

................. command!!! Regards Tony. (Thumb) (Thumb)

pete
16th July 2005, 04:01
With reference to the Bank Line Vessel (Bank Boat if you wish) without doubt Fishbank Class of which there were six as we all know. However did you also know that Bank Line have now virtually moved out of the shipping business and have give those last 4 vessels to Swires to manage. Oh Well...............pete

flyer682
16th July 2005, 04:48
Thanks Tony! :)

trotterdotpom
16th July 2005, 07:19
With reference to the Bank Line Vessel (Bank Boat if you wish) without doubt Fishbank Class of which there were six as we all know. However did you also know that Bank Line have now virtually moved out of the shipping business and have give those last 4 vessels to Swires to manage. Oh Well...............pete

Sad news. That must be the British MN equivalent of the apes leaving Gib!

John T.

sandman
17th July 2005, 11:10
The centaur was charterd by the st Helena shipping company,when the old st Helena was taken up for the Falklands war.Then laid up when the charter expired.

Charles compass
13th September 2005, 20:03
I believe the 2 ex cunarders were Media and PARTHIA,NOT SURE FOR CERTAIN

CHAS C.

sylvesterheng
14th September 2005, 07:23
Usually dep Fremantle on Fri late afternoon
Eta Singapore pilot station 0700 on Wed.
This is the time where if the wind is following
the ship. The sheep aroma is strongest.
Cheers, Sylvester
2nd Mate Apr 1974 to end 1975.

Centaur departing Freemantle, Austrailia. built 1963 9.000tg

ruud
14th September 2005, 08:13
Ahoy,
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cockerhoop
14th September 2005, 12:38
did Sir Lancelot replace her as the new Centaur in the 1990s?

R58484956
14th September 2005, 12:52
The Captain inspects the passenger cabins, I bet he does not do this on the Queens.

rstimaru
14th September 2005, 13:44
Great photo, I saw her on the stocks in 1963 Bob

strathmore22
18th September 2005, 16:37
A nice picture of the Centaur. Can anyone please tell me the port of registry of this ship, as indicated on her stern?

Principe_Perfeito
14th December 2005, 19:29
Hello to all.

More information on the CENTAUR:
http://www.ssmaritime.com/centaur.htm

I've read on one of the "Liners and Cruise Ships" books by Anthony Cooke, that she had a reinforced keel in order to be left "high and dry" during the low tides in Australia, and that the bipede and quadrupede passengers didn't mix quite well due to the body odour of the quadrupede passengers. :)

Best regards,
Paulo Mestre

Jim S
13th May 2006, 18:59
Report in this month's "Marine News" (Journal of World Ship Society) that
HAI DA ex CENTAUR built by John Brown at Clydebank in 1964. A twin screw motorship has been broken up by Xinhui Shuangshui Shipbreaking, China.
The note states that the report of her breaking is 2/2006 although demolition is believed to have been completed before this date.

Succour
14th May 2006, 03:45
I was in Freemantle last month to visit the maritme Museum, and popped into the Flying Angel for a wee pck me up. Lo and behold on the wall was a bautiful oil painting of the handsome Centaur. Done by a local artist. Some of the old hands who go to the Angel for a drink remember her well as Freemantle ---Singapore was her run.

I used to see her in Singapore when passing through on Blueys, Nestor, Ixion,
Patroclus. I used to wish I was on Centaur but I was married by then and was not supposed to wink at the girls.

Happy days

Dino. (*))

South Atlantic
2nd March 2008, 22:45
Hello from the South Atlantic.

I'm new to all this, but it all looks fascinating and I shall certainly be visiting often. I was particularly interested in RMV Centaur, which I worked onboard during late 1982 to end of 1983 whilst she was chartered by Curnow Shipping Ltd to do the run from Avonmouth in UK to Cape Town in South Africa. I was curious to find out what happened to her after the end of the charter. We left her sitting in harbour in Singapore. Can anyone throw any light on this?

Regards

K urgess
2nd March 2008, 23:24
Our first crew member form St. Helena, I think.
Welcome aboard.
Find your sealegs, join in and enjoy the trip.

Tai Pan
3rd March 2008, 15:04
I beleive that the biggest problem on Centaur in the latter years was the corrosive urine of the sheep that corroded the decks.

James MacDonald
3rd March 2008, 15:57
When I was on the Lairdsglen I used to see her & the QE2 being built alongside each other at John Browns yard round about 1963.1964

jimmys
3rd March 2008, 20:03
I worked in Aitchison Blair in Whitecrook just across the road from John Brown's. We had sub contract work for both the vessels the QE2 and the Centaur. I was aboard them both in Browns.
Aitchison's were an old marine engineers "a blast from the past".