For those who don’t know, Union Castle Line was a very famous British shipping company that owned a fleet of both passenger and cargo ships. They first implemented drones in their security department. Their drones with camera were used to monitor both boats and passengers. Overall results were excellent, security has improved on all levels. Since those drones are very, very expensive.. they are not affordable to most of USA citizens. That’s the reason why DronesGlobe has compiled a list of best drones under $200. Union Castle Line was a shipping line between the UK and South Africa. It was founded at the beginning of the 20th century, 1900 to be more precise. Although the two predecessors, Union Line, and Castle Line, that merged and created Union Castle Line were much older than that.
How is Union Castel Line related to the Blue Cave in Croatia?
Union Castle Line line was officially shut down in 1990, but it had a very tumulus history of sellouts, buy-ins, and takeovers. On the UK side, the shipping line docked at ports in London and Southampton. In South Africa, it docked at Capetown. Both passenger ships and cargo vessels were active throughout the company history. While in Croatia, it was docked at Split city. It is often mentioned in a contest of public transportation boats. Similar boats are today being used in the tourism industry, where they often transport people to attractive destinations in the Adriatic sea. One of those destinations definitely is Blue Cave on Bisevo island. Bisevo island is positioned near well known Vis island, which had an interesting role in WW2 because of meetings between Tito and Churchill that were held on the island. That’s the main reason why there are so many bunkers on the island. Besides Blue Cave, there are many other popular destinations which can easily be reached from the Split city.
Even though in one form or another the core company was kept alive until 1990, as I said, the last official voyage took place in 1977. These ships were once the pride and joy of Britain. They were known as mail-ships since they transported mail between the UK and Africa. For that reason, the Union Castle Line initiative wanted to remind the public about the former glory that this shipping line had.
When we say we, you’re probably wondering who exactly we are. Well, we’re a small group of people from London with a shared interest in boats. We originally got together at a ship modeling club. A total of us 12 of us is in the initiative so far. My name is Tina Gordon, and I’m the person responsible for this website.
For the time being, while we’re still working out our plan, I’m going to be the only one active here. As I said, there is around 12 of us currently in the Union Castle Line team. We are a diverse group of people, of all ages and from all walks of life. Ships brought us together and we’re now taking it to the next level.
On one meeting we’ve started discussing what kind of interests brought us to ship modeling. It was mostly history, and it was no surprise that we eventually started talking about the Union Castle Line. As the talks went on, one thing led to another and this website was born. We’ll see where we’ll go from here.
Our goal is to have the Union Castle shipping line restored. When we say restored we don’t mean restored in the same capacity that it once had. Our goal is to have it now serve as a tourist attraction. Developing tourism is a very important factor in getting the economy up and going. United Kingdom is a country with a rich history. Not all of it is great, but we did have our moments. We here at the Union Castle Line revival initiative like to think that Union Castle is one of those good moments, which are worth mentioning.
We are currently writing a plan for reviving Union Castle Line as a tourist attraction. Documentation should be finished sometime this year. We don’t want to rush it and end up with a poorly written plan. That way we would be condemning ourselves to failure before even starting. Potential investors and we are going to be needing them, need to see that we mean business. What better way to do that than with a well-written plan.
Since the plan is still in the works, we’re still hashing out the details, I can’t be entirely sure just what Union Castle Line will be able to offer to the customers. We envisioned it as a vintage cruise line following the actual shipping lane that the Union Castle ships took. There’d be plenty of activities, like restaurants, bars, good food, etc. The kids will be able to enjoy history lessons, ship tours, tabletop games and even flights with long range RC drones. We’re still working out the finer details, so stay tuned.
Currently, there’s more than enough of us here in the Union Castle Line initiative. Planning is done by me and a couple of other senior members. Others are pitching in their ideas. However, we would like to prepare for the future.
In the future, we will need lots of help in order to get our plan recognized by the proper channels, city council, national government, etc. That’s where we will need your help. Yes, your help, all of you reading this. We will need volunteers to help us canvas, spread the word and participate in rallies to help us get our idea across to the public.
The team behind the Union Castle Line revival initiative realizes that what we propose will not draw the same kind of public interest that a Justin Bieber concert would. Old steamships are not something that interests lots of people. If you are the kind of guy or a gal that spends lots of time reading ship history or enjoy ship modeling then definitely contact us. Next, to working on and talking about the Union Castle Line revival initiative, it’s also possible that we employ you as a permanent staff member, once we get the initiative up and running full time.