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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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Crystal for Christel

During the 170th anniversary celebration aboard Queen Mary 2 the Captain’s Secretary Christel Hansen was recognized by the Cunard Steamship Society for her great talents in enhancing the onboard experience for all those who have the good fortune to have … Continue reading

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Birthday Party Aboard Queen Mary 2

September 21, 2010 found the Cunard Line flagship QM2 anchored off Grenada in the Caribbean. It was a wonderful day to celebrate a birthday, and company founder Samuel Cunard, had he been alive would have been 223 years old on … Continue reading

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Samuel Cunard Takes up More Prominent Place on Halifax Waterfront

During the past few years the Halifax Port Authority has been very busy developing waterfront property in and around the Cruise Terminal…the transformation of the area has been dramatic…’Halifax Seaport’ is quickly becoming a reality and a significant part of … Continue reading

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Lusitania/Mauretania Arrives at Halifax’s Maritime Museum of The Atlantic

It was years in the making, but on November 29, 2010 a magnificent 18′ builder’s model of the renowned former Cunard flagship Lusitania arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia where it will become the centre-piece of a revamped ‘Cunard exhibit’ at … Continue reading

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SHIP TO SHORE – CUNARDERS ASHORE IN HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA

History will earmark 2009 as the year that Cunard’s Queen Victoria made her maiden call to the Port of Halifax. However, the cruise season also witnessed the flagship Queen Mary 2 in port on a number of occasions… still stopping … Continue reading

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CUNARD HERITAGE

Britannia Cup: Were you aware that one of the world’s most famous pieces of silverware is displayed aboard the Cunard Line flagship Queen Mary 2? Cunard Line was launched in 1840 when the company’s first mail steamer Britannia crossed the … Continue reading

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Final Farewell to QE2 – A Banner Day for Halifax, Nova Scotia

September 21, 2008 was yet another historic day in the life of this Canadian east coast seaport which is the birthplace of Samuel Cunard, founder of Cunard Line. The longest serving Cunard liner QE2 tied up for the last time … Continue reading

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Isle of Man Stamp Issues Commemorating QE2

The Isle of Man Post Office, working in conjunction with Cunard Line and other Cunard enthusiasts has produced a number of spectacular stamps and commemorative covers to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth 2 in her final year of service. The … Continue reading

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A Decade of Proud Promotion and Preservation

This year 2008 marks ten years since the Cunard Steamship Society was incorporated in 1998. Originally set up as a means of preserving and promoting Cunard history, the Society has been very active pursuing this mandate and during this time … Continue reading

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Registered Charity Status

In June of 2008 the Cunard Steamship Society attained another milestone when it was granted charitable status under the Income Tax Act (Canada). This new status is of particular importance to the Society in achieving its mandate of preserving and … Continue reading

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Royal Rendezvous – Sydney, Australia

In February of 2008, while on her Maiden World Cruise, Cunard’s newest liner Queen Victoria made her inaugural port call to Sydney, Australia. Meanwhile, Cunard’s former flagship QE2 was on her 26th and last World Cruise and making her final … Continue reading

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‘Cunardia’ and Queen Victoria

Cunard’s newest liner was brought into service late in 2007 following christening by Her Royal Highness, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in Southampton December 10, 2007. In an effort to capture the grand style and decor associated with the floating palaces … Continue reading

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Book Launch – Steam Lion – a biography of Samuel Cunard

On October 6, 2006, Nimbus Publishing Ltd., and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax hosted the launch of Steam Lion, a biography of Samuel Cunard, written by John G. Langley, Chairman of the Cunard Steamship Society. In attendance … Continue reading

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Commodore Warwick made Honorary Member The Company of Master Mariners of Canada

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic was once again the scene for yet another award presented to a great friend and ever-popular Commodore Ronald W. Warwick, retired Master of the Queen Mary 2. On October 13, 2006, Commodore Warwick was … Continue reading

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Cunard Statue – Halifax, Nova Scotia

With the Queen Mary 2 providing a magnificent backdrop, a large crowd gathered on the Halifax waterfront on October 7, 2006 to witness the unveiling of a 10′ bronze statue of Halifax native and company founder, Sir Samuel Cunard. Just … Continue reading

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QM2 – retirement luncheon for Commodore Warwick

A tribute luncheon to honour Commodore Ronald W. Warwick upon his retirement was hosted by Cunard Line and the Long Island Chapter of the Steamship Historical Society of America aboard Queen Mary 2 while berthed at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal … Continue reading

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Cunard Ship Model Registry

During the course of the past number of months efforts have been ongoing to establish a ‘registry of Cunard ship models’. Recently discussions have taken place with other like-minded groups towards a co-operative venture that would see the creation of … Continue reading

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Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Special Events

The Maritime Museum was the scene of two events of particular historical significance on the afternoon of October 3rd. The Maritime Ship Modelers Guild and museum personnel have been working diligently together for the past eighteen months refurbishing a large … Continue reading

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Queen Mary 2 Halifax port call October 3, 2005

The new Cunard flagship slipped quietly into Halifax harbour to berth at Pier 21 as dawn broke on October 3, 2005. A cloudless blue sky and summer temperatures enhanced the special onboard events planned for this day… all focused upon … Continue reading

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Samuel Cunard Memorial Project

The Cunard Steamship Society has long been a proponent of establishing a monument to Samuel Cunard on the Halifax waterfront. The issue gained considerable momentum last Fall when Society Patron and Cunard Commodore Ronald Warwick voiced support for such an … Continue reading

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REGISTRY OF CUNARD ART

With a history that now spans nearly two centuries it is no surprise that there exits a great number of art pieces depicting ships of the Cunard Line. These works are in many forms – oils, acrylics, watercolours, pen & … Continue reading

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FRANCONIA PROJECT – MARITIME MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC

In July of 2003 the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and members of the Maritime Ship Modelers Guild embarked on a cooperative effort to refurbish a thirteen foot model of this popular Cunard liner. While Museum personnel are currently restoring … Continue reading

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‘CUNARD ON CANVAS – THE LANGLEY COLLECTION’, PIER 21, HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA

On September 25, 2004 an exhibition featuring different works of art from the collection of Society Chairman John G. Langley, Q.C was formally opened by Captain R.W. Warwick, Master of the Queen Mary 2 and Commodore of the Cunard Line. … Continue reading

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