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Donald Currie


Shipowner. Educated at Belfast Academy and the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, 1832–9. Head of the cargo department for Cunard’s British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, based in Liverpool, from 1849. Ran sailing ships for the Castle Line, from Liverpool and London to Calcutta, from 1862. Started his own company, the Liverpool and Hamburg Steam Ship Company, 1866; formed the Castle Packets Company, 1874 (from 1881 the Castle Mail Packets Company), shipping to South Africa. Invested in diamond and gold mining in Africa. Knighted, 1881.




ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.