No doubt I will be corrected if I am wrong, but I seem to remember this vessel being built in Hamburg circa 1968. I also vaguely remember this vessel and her sister ships being the first purpose built container vessels and, being on conventional dry cargo boats at the time, thinking that times were changing. At least that bit was right!
I was lucky enough to sail on her in the mid 70's, along with her sisters Flinders and Jervis (Jervis was the only one built in the UK). The funnels were even more distinctive when they were steam ships. There was a long, vertical funnel extension with an aerofoil on the back, it looked like a large key. I think it was to stop all the smoke entering the accommodation ventilation systems when tubes were blown each day.
I recall that there were regular fines from the Sydney Harbour authority each time one of these Bay boats lit up the boilers when alongside at Balmain. The smoke could be seen for miles.
I remember Mark Taxis from my (brief) OCL days in the late 70s.
YesBarry you are quite correct, I sailed on all six of the Encounter Bay Class container Ships as a Deck Cadet and 4th Officer. Five were built in Hamburg at Blohm & Voss and HDW and one (Jervis Bay) was built on the Clyde. The above picture is with her original funnel which later had the extensions added with the snowplough on the top, from a distance they looked like floating cement works! When I first joined the container ban was in force in the UK and we used to change crews in Antwerp