Welcome to the website for   

  the

Union Steam Collier Company of 1853

Union Steamship (Screw) Company, 1853 to 1900 

&

Donald Currie's Castle Packets, 1860 to 1900 

 

Previous publication: Monday, 3rd February, 2014

 

RECENT PAST

 

BRITTANY FERRIES "Cap Finistère" standard ship used for comparison

THE STORY OF THE "MAURITIUS"

THE "NORMAN", FIRST COASTAL VOYAGE TO NATAL 1863

STORIES ABOUT THE INCIDENT PRONE "ROME"

CAPTAIN GEORGE VYVYAN, A CLOURFULL CHARACTER

THE COMPLETED MAIL SCHEDULE 1867 TO 1870

THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE "CAMBRIAN"

THE CONVERSION OF THE "DANUBE"

THE INTRODUCTION OF THE "SYRIA"

THE DISASTROUS FIRST VOYAGE OF THE "EUROPEAN"

 

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IN PREVIOUS ISSUES:

REVISED MAIL SHIP SCHEDULE 1857-1862, 1863-1867

 

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IN THE LAST ISSUE

REVISED COASTAL & INTERCONTINENTAL SCHEDULE, 1863-1867

R.M.St. ATHENS, REVISED & COMPLETE VOYAGE LOG

R.M.St. DANE (1), REVISED & COMPLETE VOYAGE LOG

 

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IN THIS ISSUE:

 

REVISED UNION COMPANY FLEET LIST

 

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This publication: Tuesday, 6th. May, 2014

 

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THE STORY OF THE MAIL CONTRACT

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE UNION COMPANY FLEET LIST

In this revised and new format schedule, click on highlighted ships, and events for details

 

CLICK HERE FOR DEFINITIONS

 

CLICK HERE FOR EAST COAST, MAURITIUS & ZANZIBAR SERVICE  1863-1866

 

In this revised and new format schedule, click on highlighted ships, masters and notes for details

 

CLICK HERE FOR EAST COAST, MAURITIUS & ZANZIBAR SERVICE  1867-1870

 

CLICK HERE FOR  MAIL SHIP SCHEDULE 1857-1862

In this revised and new format schedule, click on highlighted ships, masters and notes for details

 

CLICK HERE FOR MAIL SHIP SCHEDULE 1863-1866

In this revised and new format schedule, click on highlighted ships, masters and notes for details

 

CLICK HERE FOR MAIL SHIP SCHEDULE 1867-1870

In this revised and new format schedule, click on highlighted ships, masters and notes for details

 

CLICK HERE FOR  SHIPWRECK - REPORT ON LOSSES

 

CLICK HERE FOR  ALAN MALLETT RESEARCH  A UNIQUE DATA BASE OF MASTERS

 

 

 

 

GOOD READS

To read a review and information as to where to buy, click on title.

 

TO THE SEA IN SHIP'S.  Captain J.C. Robinson, edited by Felicity Potter

 

MY LIFE AT SEA.  By Comdr. W. Caius Crutchley.

 

SHIPS AND SOUTH AFRICA.   By Marischal Murray

 

UNION-CASTLE CHRONICAL 1853-1953.  By Marischal Murray

 

UNION-CASTLE LINE, A FLEET HISTORYBy Peter Newall

 

 

 

"ATHENS" MEMORIAL

HOW MANY PEOPLE, SEEING THE CORRODING LUMP OF METAL ON GREEN POINT ROCKS IN CAPE TOWN, KNOW THE STORY OF CAPTAIN CRICHTON SMITH, AND HIS HEROIC STRUGGLE TO SAVE HIS SHIP, THE UNION LINER "ATHENS", IN THE GREAT GALE OF 1865? 

CAPTAIN SMITH AND HIS ENTIRE CREW WERE LOST, WATCHED BY HUNDREDS STANDING JUST METRES AWAY ON THE SHORE.  THESE MEN HAVE NO OTHER GRAVE THAN THE ROCKS OF GREEN POINT, SURELY IT IS TIME TO SET UP A MEMORIAL IN THEIR NAME.

TO SEE THE MEMORIAL SET ABOVE HARTLAND POINT IN DEVON, ENGLAND, OVERLOOKING WHERE THE HOSPITAL SHIP "GLENART CASTLE" WAS TORPEDOED WITH GREAT LOSS OF LIFE IN 1918.  IT IS A MEMORIAL SIMILAR TO THIS THAT IS ENVISAGED. (CLICK HERE FOR VIEW)

 

 

SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, THE PURTON HULKS

 

 

The original unioncastlestaffregister is now run by Chris Isaac and can be found on:

www.bandcstaffregister.co.uk

 

The website for the South African Harbour Service can be found on:

www.southafricanharbourservice.com
 

 

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