Author Archives: John Langley

Susan Cunard Headstone Restoration project

Following the wreath-laying event during its 175th Anniversary celebrations Cunard determined to help restore the Susan Cunard headstone in Halifax’s Old Burying Ground. In the months that followed and through the efforts of Heather Lawson, stone mason and conservator, the … Continue reading

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Halifax celebrates Cunard’s 175th Anniversary

The QM2 completed the transatlantic portion of her Commemorative crossing upon arrival in Halifax, Cunard’s ‘Ancestral home’ on July 10th. A full day of carefully planned historic events ensued both aboard ship and ashore. It was a memorable day from … Continue reading

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Commemorative 175th Anniversary Crossing QM2 July 2-15, 2015

Accompanied by my wife, Judith, we had the singular honour to be amongst those other special guests and passengers aboard QM2 on this historic crossing intended to replicate the inaugural crossing of Cunard’s first flagship, RMS Britannia from Liverpool to … Continue reading

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Cunardart – working along with a master to create a ‘masterpiece’

As a Cunard collector, historian and chairman of the Cunard Steamship Society it has long been a goal of mine to commission a painting depicting the birth of Cunard Line in 1840. Time and circumstance eventually brought me together with … Continue reading

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Cunard prepares to celebrate its 175th Anniversary in 2015

Halifax, Cunard’s ‘ancestral home’ prepares to celebrate Planning for events to mark 175 years of Cunard history began in earnest with CSS Chairman undertaking to spearhead event planning Halifax, Nova Scotia, one of the five home ports along with Southampton, … Continue reading

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The Telegraph (UK) comes to Halifax

Late in October the author had an opportunity at the behest of Cunard UK to host Theresa Machan, Cruise Editor of The Telegraph while visiting Halifax with her husband Stephen aboard QM2. Not one, but two Langley’s helped provide a … Continue reading

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A special time, place and person

While QM2 was in port John and wife Judith had the good fortune and pleasure to meet up with a dear friend, and the ultimate ‘Captain’s Secretary’ – Christel Hansen. The time was short but catch-up on family and friends … Continue reading

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Halifax, Nova Scotia photo shoot with ITV (UK)

In response to a request from Cunard UK the author hosted Mike Pearse, transportation reporter with ITV News UK and filming of the arrival of QM2 in Halifax July 2, 2013. The roof garden of Halifax Seaport provided the ideal … Continue reading

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Timelessness of Charles Dickens

The works of Charles Dickens remain a great draw to this very day. His famous first trip to North America in 1843 attracted great interest and not the least of which was Dickens account of his transatlantic crossing as a … Continue reading

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A Brief Step Back in Time – to the Age of Sail

Canada’s goodwill sailing ambassador, the schooner Bluenose has been the subject of a major rebuilding effort and will be back sailing once again in 2013. A fall visit to Nova Scotia by ocean liner historian Bill Miller gave rise to … Continue reading

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Film-shoot in Cunard’s Hometown

Producer/Director Robert Neal Marshall (RNM Productions) was in Halifax during the Tall Ships Festival to gather material, visit sites and do some filming as part of a documentary on Haligonian Samuel Cunard – founder of Cunard Line. Stay tuned – … Continue reading

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Paying respects to Cunard family in Liverpool, England

It may come as a surprise to some that founder Samuel Cunard has family buried in Liverpool, a city with strong historical links to his company. Joseph Cunard was a younger brother who, before moving to Liverpool, oversaw the Cunard … Continue reading

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Cunard connections in southwest England

A Spring visit with retired Commodore Ron Warwick and wife Kim included quality time spent with two very talented people. Robert Lloyd, the world -renowned marine artist whose many works of art are enjoyed aboard the ships of Cunard Line … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria Turns Five in 2012

Although still quite young when compared to her namesake, Cunard’s Queen Victoria achieved a milestone when she completed her fifth year of service in 2012. And the ship, much like the former British monarch continues to become ever more popular … Continue reading

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Ken Marschall visits Halifax, Nova Scotia

Renowned maritime artist and Titanic aficionado Ken Marschall was in Halifax on a film assignment following his appearance as one of the guest speakers aboard Azamara Journey’s Titanic Memorial Cruise.

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Titanic Centenary-Titanic Memorial Cruise-Azamara Journey

In the maritime world, 2012 was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic April 15, 1912. John G. Langley, Q.C, Chairman of CSS was one of the guest speakers aboard Azamara Journey, one of two cruise ships which made … Continue reading

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Sea-Hunter Extraordinaire

John Davis, President of Eco Nova Productions, producers of the History television and National Geographic television series ‘The Sea hunters’ provided the chairman with fascinating insights into the discovery in 2000 of the wreck site of the Cunard liner Carpathia, … Continue reading

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‘Mr. Ocean Liner’ Visits Halifax, Nova Scotia

A figure well known to all ocean liner buffs, Bill Miller visited Halifax in May, 2011 while a guest lecturer aboard  Silver Whisper. An ardent Cunard enthusiast, Bill enjoyed time ashore visiting various Cunard haunts in the company of CSS … Continue reading

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Mauretania/Lusitania Model Refit Completed

The stunning 18 foot builder’s model of the Cunard liner Mauretania originally built by the venerable  British firm of Bassett- Lowke is now on display as part of the Cunard exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, … Continue reading

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Rededication of Statue of Sir Samuel Cunard

Five years ago the Halifax Foundation was instrumental in arranging for a bronze statue of Samuel Cunard. The Implementation Committee of the foundation, lead by the honourable Alan Abraham included Robert Stapells, John Jay and John G. Langley. The Honorary … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Maiden Call to Halifax Nova Scotia

Sunday, September 25, 2011 was yet another pivotal day in the rich heritage associated with Cunard line, the company founded by Haligonian Samuel Cunard in 1839. The newest ship to join the Cunard fleet, Queen Elizabeth, making her inaugural visit … Continue reading

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New Look For CSS Website

Viewers will notice the Cunard Steamship Society website has undergone a complete ‘refit’, offering a more update and modern look.  Evolution – be it in ocean liner or internet technology is never-ending. Adapting to change without compromising standards has always … Continue reading

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Cunard Steamship Society Hosts Group Aboard Queen Mary 2

Throughout the winter and spring of 2010 plans were put in place culminating in a transatlantic crossing aboard QM2 hosted by Cunard Steamship Society of a group of scotch whisky aficionados from Nova Scotia. The mid-September crossing from New York … Continue reading

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A Celebration of Cunard Heritage – 170th Anniversary of Cunard Line

What could be a more appropriate place to recognize and celebrate the 170th anniversary of the founding of Cunard Line than mid-Atlantic on the flagship, RMS Queen Mary 2. This then was the scene for a birthday/cocktail party hosted by … Continue reading

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