She was a former 'Blue Flue', built on the Clyde. She was built for the West Australia-South East Asia Passenger/Cargo/Livestock trade and had accommodation for 190 passengers as well as 4500 sheep or 700 cattle
480' 9" x 66' 3" x 26' 4½ ". oa
Two, 11-cyl. 2 S.C.S. A. (500 x 1100mm) 11-50VT2BF-110 type oil engines made by Akt. Burmeister & Wains Maskin-og-Skibsbyggeri, Copenhagen, reduction geared to twin propeller shafts. 16,500 BHP. 18 kts.
20.6.1963: Launched by John Brown & Company (Clydebank) Ltd., Glasgow (Yard No. 722), for the Ocean Steamship Company Ltd.
1973: Transferred to Ocean Transport & Trading Ltd., thence to the China Mutual Steam Navigation Company Ltd.
1975: Transferred to Eastern Fleets Ltd., Singapore, (Straits Steamship Company Ltd. had a 64.5% holding).
1978: Transferred to Blue Funnel (S.E. Asia) Private Ltd., (Straits Steamship Company Ltd., appointed as managers), Singapore.
1985: Sold to Shanghai Hai Xing Shipping Company, China, and renamed HAI LONG. 1986: Transferred to Hai Xing Shipping Company, COSCO SHANGHAI, and renamed HAI DA.
1987: Transferred to Shanghai Hai Xing Shipping Company Ltd.
1999: Transferred to China Shipping Development Company Ltd.
3.2001: Owners and managers deleted from Lloyds Register.
3.2006: Reported as having sometime previous, been demolished by Xinhua Shangshui Shipbreaking.
She also covered for the 'St Helena' on the South Africa-St Helena-Ascension-UK passenger/cargo run whilst the Saint was on charter to the MOD in 1982.
Do Gallery search on this website. There are plenty of pics of Blue Flue's Centaur. You just need to wade through a few pages.
Here is one:-