Mail Steamship Co

1900 - 1979

Union Steamship Co Ltd

1853 - 1900

Castle Line

1862 - 1900

King Line

1889 - 1978

Bullard King & Co

1850 - 1960

Castle Line Union Steamship Co. Bullard King Ltd

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Houston Line

1875 - 1970

C W Cayzer

1877 - 1881

Bowater Steamship Co

1938 - 1972

Hector Whaling Co

The Hector Whaling Co

1935 - 1974

Springbok Line

Springbok Shipping Co

1959 - 1961

South American Saint Line

South American Saint Line

1926 - 1965

Cayzer Irvine / CI Shipping

Cayzer Irvine Shipping

1981 - 1988

Safmarine Mail Ships

Safmarine Mailships

1965 - 1977

The British & Commonwealth Group

1956 - 1987

B & C Group

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1950 - 1985

Clan Line


1881 - 1981

Scottish Shire Line

Scottish Shire Line

1874 - 1975

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Plymouth Merchant Navy Memorial

There is a project to build a  Monument on Plymouth Hoe to the men and women of all nationalities who serve, or have served, in British registered vessels. This is rather than simply a memorial to those who died in the two wars and is registered charity 1167934.

We now have full approval from Plymouth City Council for the Hoe site - in front of the Royal Navy memorial - and for the monument style itself.  

 We now have a Crowdfunding video and this can be viewed on ;

      http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ plymouth-merchant-navy- monument

 If ex Union-Castle / B & C staff  were able to make a contribution to the fund, it could either be made through that Crowdfunding site or directly through the Charity Treasurer - in which case it would be properly acknowledged.

 Persons or organisations donating more than £1,000 would be invited to the commemoration ceremony which will be performed by Princess Anne as part of the Mayflower 400 celebrations in 2020.

Forthcoming Events

Currently in progress is a series of seminars and exhibitions   “Abandon Ship”   from May until November 2017 aboard HQS Wellington in London


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