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Castle Mail Packets Co

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1876 a joint mail contract between UK and South Africa was granted to Castle Line and Union Steamship Co by the Colonial Government with the proviso that the two companies did not amalgamate.

1881 15 July: the Castle Mail Packets Co was registered as a public company with Donald Currie and Co as managers in perpetuity

1899 The South African contract expired; after much political manoeuvering, the two companies merged to become the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Co and received the new mail contract.

1900 From 1 January, the Castle Mail Packets Co amalgamated with the Union Steamship Co; on amalgamation the name was changed to Union-Castle Mail Steamship Co [1]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  • The Ships List [1]