Mergers are very important thing when talking about Union Castle Line. After all a merger is the reason why the Union Castle Line that we know and love today started existing in the first place. To refresh your memory it was the merger of 1900 between Union Shipping Line and Castle Shipping Company that got the ball rolling. However there were other mergers after that, even one that ended Union Castle Line.
Union Castle Line mergers throughout history
The next merger after that was 50 years in the making. It was in 1956 with the Bullard King and Clan Line. This new merger formed a completely new company called British & Commonwealth Shipping.
Later on, this newly formed company merged yet again with South Africa Marine Corporation to form International Liner Services. This new merger happened in 1973. International Liner Services was the last merger before the complete shutdown of the shipping company complex in 1977. Throughout these years, and throughout the mergers Union Castle Line kept its name and “branding”. It wasn’t until 1977 and the last voyage of a boat on September 16th that the company was closed down and stop existing. Npw we’re working on trying to revive the memory of this once famous shipping line.