Formed in 1862 by Donald Currie as Donald Currie & Co. to run a regular sailing ship service to India and familiarly known as "Currie's Calcutta Castles".

The first steamships entered service on the India route in 1872 and the same year, a passenger and private mail service from the UK to South Africa was inaugurated.

In 1876 the company became Castle Mail Packet Co. Ltd. and a joint mail contract was awarded together with the Union SS Co.

Calls at Flushing began in 1889 resulting in the grant of a contract to carry Dutch mails to South Africa and in 1900 Castle Line merged with the Union SS Co. to form Union-Castle Mail SS Co.

Routes:

1863-1865 Sail,

Liverpool - Calcutta.

1865-1889

London - Cape Town - Calcutta.

1873-1891

London - Dartmouth - Bordeaux / Lisbon or Madeira / Las Palmas / Tenerife - Cape Town.

1873-1898

Cargo South African coastal services.

1879-1881

Cape Town - Durban - Mauritius - Galle, Ceylon(occasional)

1890-1900

Southampton - Antwerp - Bremen - Hamburg (cargo feeder service)

1891-1900

Southampton - Madeira - Cape Town - Port Elizabeth - Durban - Port Elizabeth - Cape Town - St.Helena (occasional) - Ascension (occasional) - Las Palmas (occasional) - Southampton.

1891-1900

Southampton - Cape Town -

Port Elizabeth - East London - Durban.

1893-1900

Cargo service South Africa - USA (usually New York)

Funnel:

Red, black top.

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