Donald Currie & Co
Castle Mail Packet Co Ltd
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.
1863-1865 Sail (Currie’s Calcutta Castles)
Liverpool - Calcutta.
London - Cape Town - Calcutta.
London - Dartmouth - Bordeaux / Lisbon or Madeira / Las Palmas / Tenerife - Cape Town.
Cargo South African coastal services.
Cape Town - Durban - Mauritius - Galle, Ceylon(occasional)
Southampton - Antwerp - Bremen - Hamburg (cargo feeder service)
Southampton - Madeira - Cape Town - Port Elizabeth - Durban - Port Elizabeth - Cape Town - St.Helena (occasional) - Ascension (occasional) - Las Palmas (occasional) - Southampton.
Southampton - Cape Town - Port Elizabeth - East London - Durban.
Cargo service South Africa - USA (usually New York)
Red, black top.
The history notes on each ship are from
Merchant Fleets 18:Union, Castle and Union-Castle Line
by Duncan Hawes
Mail Service Ships
Intermediate & Extra Service Ships
Coastal & Feeder Service Ships
Currie’s Calcutta Castles
Castle Line Staff
Castle Line Documents