Union Castle Line beginnings

Hi there. If you’ve read the wall of text which can be found on the homepage you probably have the basic gist what this website is about. Now we would like to start a series of articles explaining a bit more what Castle Union Line is exactly. We’ll do this starting with the Castle Union Line beginnings. It seems to make most sense, start at the beginning.

Union Castle Line beginnings

In the very beginnings Union Castle Lines was two independent shipping companies, Union Line and Castle Shipping Line. They were not acting as a solo entity.

Both of these shipping companies were founded some 50 years before their merger into Union Castle Line. To be more precise Union Line was founded in 1853 and Castle Shipping Line in 1869. All the way up until 1900 the companies were in competition, they were fighting for gigs transporting people and goods between Europe and Africa.

In 1900 however the companies decided to merge their assets, work together and Union Castle Line was born. In that form company existed until about 1956 when additional mergers were made. That is a short write up about the history of everyone favorite shipping line. It’s a rich history that’s worth being remembered by both current and future generations.