November 21, 2015
Posted in: Forever Cunard
Today, on 21 November 1787 our founder Samuel Cunard was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After seeing an out-of-date advertisement in The Times newspaper Samuel travelled to England and won the contract from the British Admiralty to carry the Royal Mail. He established the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company – known from the outset as the Cunard Line – in 1839 and the service began on 4 July 1840 when Britannia left Liverpool for Boston. And in every one of the 175 years since Cunard ships have crossed and recrossed the Atlantic, in peace and war, without fail. By the time of his death in 1865 Samuel Cunard had created a legend in maritime history and had received a Baronetcy from Queen Victoria. 2015 has seen Cunard celebrate in great style the 175th anniversary of the departure of Britannia and today at Noon we saluted Sir Samuel and the 248 ships that have proudly flown the Cunard flag!