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 John G. Langley, Q.C. Chairman of the Cunard Steamship Society on September 15, 2010 aboard QM2 during eastbound crossing M023 … continuing the regular transatlantic service begun by RMS Britannia, the first flagship on her maiden voyage back in 1840. One of the many highlights of the evening was a presentation by John G. Langley to Commodore Bernard Warner of a portrait of company founder Sir Samuel Cunard now on display in the Grand Lobby of QM2.

Above Left: John G. Langley addressing guests and Senior Officers who gathered in the Board Room aboard QM2 to celebrate the 170th anniversary of Cunard Line.
Above Right: Commodore Bernard Warner accepting a portrait of Sir Samuel Cunard from John G. Langley, Q.C. at cocktail party aboard QM2.

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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 sailed with her over the years. Appropriately, she was presented with a piece of NovaScotian crystal … produced on location on the Halifax waterfront just a short distance from the home and workplace of Samuel Cunard – founder of Cunard Line.


Above Left: Cunard Steamship Society Chairman John G. Langley, Q.C. addressing the many fine qualities which make Christel Hansen an exemplary Captain’s Secretary Queen Mary 2.Above Right:‘Christel’s crystal’ …excellence on both counts …
Christel Hansen … a ‘Cunarder’

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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 this date. The event was recognized onboard QM2 throughout the day and in the evening with birthday cakes in the various restaurants…no presents by request! Thanks to all aboard who helped this day in celebrating the life of maritime icon Sir Samuel Cunard.

Above Left: In a celebratory mood for Samuel Cunard’s birthday on September 21, 2010 was this table from Britannia Restaurant … L to R … John G. and Judith Langley, Ed Closson, Fiona and Frank McGuigan, Philip and Marilyn Carruthers and David Adams.
Above Right: What’s a party without a cake? This one greeted diners as they entered Britannia Restaurant

 

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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 this development has been the relocation of the statue of Samuel Cunard… albeit only a short distance, but to a much more prominent and spectacular location where he can be seen and enjoyed by all.

Above Left: New monument site in the making…Cary Vollick, project engineer photographed against backdrop of site for relocation of Cunard monument as work proceeded in summer of 2010.
Above Right: Sir Samuel Cunard as he appears late Fall of 2010 welcoming locals and visitors alike to ‘his’ Halifax waterfront.

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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 the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. It was trucked from Toronto, Ontario where since the mid 1960’s it has been in storage in the Marine branch of the City of Toronto Museum. The model was painted white and reconfigured as a sister ship Mauretania after the tragic torpedoing and sinking of Lusitania May 7, 1915.

Below: Sequence showing the off-loading and transport of the encased ‘Lusitania’ from transfer truck, along the boardwalk
past CSS Acadia, and on into her new home in the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.



Above Right: The moment we have all been waiting for…uncovering the grand builder’s model of Lusitania…
shown here with Dan Conlin, curator of marine history in foreground and Eamonn Doorly, master boat builder in background.

 

 

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SHIP TO SHORE – CUNARDERS ASHORE IN HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA

Boatyard at Maritime Museum of Atlantic... Eamonn Doorly, master boat builder at MMA in Halifax, in rear of photo proudly shows his latest restoration to Andrew and Helen (Campbell) McMaster of Glasgow, Scotland and Sydney, Australia where they now make their home... Judith Langley, hostess for a day in foreground. Halifax, October 2009

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 traffic and turning heads, even though she has been a regular visitor to Halifax since her inaugural visit here in 2004.

It is always a pleasure to meet and greet passenger friends from visiting Cunard vessels…and to help them experience the inherent truth in a popular Maritimes tourism slogan … ‘Nova Scotia…so much to sea!’ And speaking of slogans… getting there is still very much half the fun! (Cunard Line advertising slogan).

In Nova Scotia we never say ‘good bye’, but rather ‘we’ll be seeing you’. And so it was with these Cunard visitors, all of whom made it back to their ship on time!

Kitchen party... Harold Woods of Liverpool, England, retired Cunarder and former standby engineer for Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, Judith Langley, Beryl Woods and John G. Langley in Halifax, Nova Scotia July, 2009.

 

'With leave of the Captain' ... Christel Hansen, secretary to the Captain aboard Queen Mary 2 spends some time ashore , pictured here with Judith Langley in front of the statue of Samuel Cunard on the Halifax waterfront....what better place from which to begin a tour of Cunard's hometown!

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CUNARD HERITAGE

Britannia Cup manufactured by Boston silversmith firm of Lows, Ball & Co., now Shreve, Crump & Low and presented by merchants of Boston to Samuel Cunard in 1842

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 North Atlantic on her maiden voyage to Halifax and Boston. With the birth of Cunard Line and the advent of steam on the Atlantic, transportation and commerce was transformed between the Old and New Worlds. Boston soon became the western terminus for the Cunard steamships in North America.

The merchants of Boston were most appreciative of the enhancement of trade brought about to their city by Samuel Cunard … and his line of mail steamers of which Britannia was the first. To demonstrate their gratitude they commissioned a renowned Boston silversmith, Obadiah Rich to fashion a large urn or cup out of silver plate. At the time Rich was employed by the Boston firm of Lows, Ball & Company which continues to operate to this day under the firm name of Shreve, Crump & Low.

Official transfer of Britannia Cup from QE2 to QM2, 2004. Commodore Warwick, Master of QM2 accepting the cup from Captain McNaught, Master of QE2.

The piece was finished and delivered to Samuel Cunard via Britannia in 1842. The ‘Loving Cup’ as it was sometime called stood two and one half feet tall and was the epitome of the silversmith’s art. Not much is known about where it was kept post 1842. As the story goes, the cup, which originally had a top disappeared for many years until, amazingly, in 1967 a Deputy Chairman of Cunard Line in United States discovered it in an antique shop in Maryland. That same year it was brought back into service so to speak when it was presented aboard the Cunard liner Franconia on the occasion of her first post wartime visit to Boston. Subsequent to then, it was transferred to Queen Elizabeth 2 where it remained on display until transferred to the new flagship Queen Mary 2 in 2004.

The vase, also known by yet another name…the Boston Cup, represents the very essence of Cunard history and heritage. It has had a much travelled and remarkable history…some of which has yet to be told. If anyone knows more about the cup’s past, we hope that you will share it via this website.

Above Left: Marquee over storefront of present day Shreve, Crump & Low, Boston, Ma.
Above Right: Staff member at Shreve, Crump & Low with old company ledgers.
Note image of Britannia Cup in collage on wall in rear of photo

 

 

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

Dawn breaks as QE2 arrives in Halifax for the last time September 21, 2008

Dawn breaks as QE2 arrives in Halifax for the last time September 21, 2008

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 at Pier 22, promptly at 8:00 am. Soon thereafter many of the 1650 passengers, most of British descent disembarked the ship to explore the city from which Cunard Line was conceived back in 1840.

QE2 turning in Halifax harbour with site of original Cunard wharves, now Canadian Naval Dockyard, visible to extreme right. (photo by Andrew K. Langley)

QE2 turning in Halifax harbour with site of original Cunard wharves, now Canadian Naval Dockyard, visible to extreme right. (photo by Andrew K. Langley)

Meanwhile, civic, government and port officials had been invited aboard the ship for a reception and luncheon. During the reception Captain Ian McNaught, Master of QE2 presented John G. Langley, Q.C., Chairman of Cunard Steamship Society with the QE2’s paying off pennant for Halifax, Cunard’s Canadian homeport. The tradition of the paying off of a ship, the taking of a liner out of service, has long been a part of the Cunard tradition. The pennant embodies the history and heritage of both the ship and the company. This one has special significance to Halifax and will be shared and preserved on behalf of all Canadians by the Cunard Steamship Society.

A new generation of 'Cunarder' – Cunard Steamship Society ChairmanJohn G. Langley, Q.C. with granddaughter Elle Adison Langley and Captain McNaught onboard QE2 in Halifax, Nova Scotia September 21, 2008

A new generation of ‘Cunarder’ – Cunard Steamship Society Chairman John G. Langley, Q.C. with granddaughter Elle Adison Langley and Captain McNaught onboard QE2 in Halifax, Nova Scotia September 21, 2008

Captain Ian McNaught addressing reception aboard QE2 in Halifax September 21, 2008

Captain Ian McNaught addressing reception aboard QE2 in Halifax September 21, 2008

QE2 Captain Ian McNaught presents John G. Langley, Q.C., Chairmanof Cunard Steamship Society with ship's paying off pennant forHalifax, Canadian homeport for Cunard Line and birthplace ofcompany founder Samuel Cunard – onboard QE2 in Halifax,September 21, 2008

QE2 Captain Ian McNaught presents John G. Langley, Q.C., Chairman of Cunard Steamship Society with ship’s paying off pennant for Halifax, Canadian homeport for Cunard Line and birthplace of company founder Samuel Cunard – onboard QE2 in Halifax, September 21, 2008

Queen Elizabeth 2 moves off the Halifax seawall for the last timewith the aid of the indefatigable harbour tugs.(photo by Andrew K. Langley)

Queen Elizabeth 2 moves off the Halifax seawall for the last time with the aid of the indefatigable harbour tugs. (photo by Andrew K. Langley)

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Isle of Man Stamp Issues Commemorating QE2

Cunard Steamship Society Chairman John G. Langley, Q.C. with QE2 librarians Carmel Rogers (L) and Jayne Downey (R) onboard QE2

Cunard Steamship Society Chairman John G. Langley, Q.C. with QE2 librarians Carmel Rogers (L) and Jayne Downey (R) onboard 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 Cunard Steamship Society was pleased to collaborate in the production of a Limited Edition Commemorative Cover ‘The QE2 bids farewell to Canada’ which was released aboard QE2 September 21, 2008, the very day that she made her final port call to Halifax, Nova Scotia, birthplace of company founder Samuel Cunard.

Copies of this cover, signed by the Chairman of the Cunard Steamship Society, along with a varied assortment of other limited edition items produced by the Isle of Man Post Office in conjunction with Cunard Line are available as part of a Queen Elizabeth 2 –The Farewell Season Luxury Box Set . Orders may be made for a limited time online at: www.iomstamps.com or by emailing: stamps@iompost.com

Front piece of commemorative envelope 'QE2 Farewell to Canada' released onboard QE2 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada September 21, 2008

Front piece of commemorative envelope ‘QE2 Farewell to Canada’ released onboard QE2 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada September 21, 2008

Reverse side of IOM commemorative cover 'QE2 Farewell To Canada'

Reverse side of IOM commemorative cover ‘QE2 Farewell To Canada’

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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 has participated in many initiatives which have helped to make the public more aware of the significant role in maritime history played by Halifax native Samuel Cunard and the Line which continues to proudly carry his name throughout the world.

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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 promoting Cunard history and heritage. Henceforth the Society may issue charitable receipts for bona fide donations of cash or for the appraised value of artifacts in the nature of Cunard ephemera. (The onus is on all donors to satisfy themselves as to the applicability of their local income tax rules to any individual donation to the society.)

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Royal Rendezvous – Sydney, Australia

Some of the enormous crowd gathered on Sydney waterfront February 24, 2008 to take in the 'Royal Rendezvous' – final meeting of QE2 and Queen Victoria

Some of the enormous crowd gathered on Sydney waterfront February 24, 2008 to take in the ‘Royal Rendezvous’ – final meeting of QE2 and Queen Victoria

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 port visit to Sydney. Both ships…the youngest and the eldest Cunard monarchs met for a memorable weekend in spectacular Sydney harbour.
The entire city, which has had a long association with Cunard Line, particularly during WW2 when Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were there as troopships, was in a mood to party, as only the Aussies can.

Final parting of the Queens – QE2 and Queen Victoria passing in Sydney Harbour February 24, 2008

Final parting of the Queens – QE2 and Queen Victoria passing in Sydney Harbour February 24, 2008

On a beautiful sunny day February 24th, 2008 the Sydney waterfront was the scene of tens of thousands people gathered to watch the much-anticipated ‘meeting of the Queens’. Shortly after 6:00 pm QE2 and Queen Victoria passed each other in mid harbour to the deep, resonating sound of horns from each ship, to the delight of all those watching from shore and aboard the large flotilla of pleasure craft which encircled the Queens. There were more than a few tears shed by rapt spectators both young and old. It was a special moment… another chapter in the rich heritage which is uniquely Cunard.

QE2 berths in Sydney, Australia for the last time February 24, 2008

QE2 berths in Sydney, Australia for the last time February 24, 2008

'Royal Rendezvous' – Sydney Ferries Corporation brochure advertising final meeting of QE2 and Queen Victoria, February 24, 2008. (Click to Enlarge)

‘Royal Rendezvous’ – Sydney Ferries Corporation brochure advertising final meeting of QE2 and Queen Victoria, February 24, 2008. (Click to Enlarge)

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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 of the past, and also to give emphasis to its rich history and heritage, Cunard Line created Cunardia, a museum-style exhibit of Cunard memorabilia aboard Queen Victoria. The permanent onboard display reflects a number of different themes focused upon the line’s three great Queens… Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and QE2. Some of the artifacts in the Cunardia exhibit are on loan from the collection of John G. Langley, Q.C., Chairman of the Cunard Steamship Society. Retired Commodore Ronald W. Warwick, Patron of the Society and former Master of both QE2 and Queen Mary 2 serves as Honorary Curator of the exhibit.

Central showcase in Cunardia Exhibit onboard Queen Victoriafeaturing the first three Cunard 'Queens'...Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth 2

Central showcase in Cunardia Exhibit onboard Queen Victoria featuring the first three Cunard ‘Queens’…Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth 2

One of themed displays in Cunardia Exhibit presenting photographicimages of historic ports of call of early Cunard liners.

One of themed displays in Cunardia Exhibit presenting photographic images of historic ports of call of early Cunard liners.

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Book Launch – Steam Lion – a biography of Samuel Cunard

Cover of Steam Lion - a biography of Samuel Cunard

Cover of 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 were many friends of the author, and from Cunard Line, Carol Marlow, President & Managing Director, Brian O’Connor, Director Public Relations, Jackie Matthews, Manager Public Relations, as well as Commodore Ronald W. Warwick and his wife Kim.

The book is now available at bookstores across Canada and will soon be released in the United States and the United Kingdom.

 

Author, John G. Langley at launch of Steam Lion,Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, October 6, 2006

Author, John G. Langley at launch of Steam Lion, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, October 6, 2006

Copies may also be obtained from the author for $30.00 CDN, plus shipping & handling. Contact: John G. Langley, 31 Rockwood, Halifax, N.S. B3N 1X4.

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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 made an Honorary Member of the Company of Master Mariners of Canada in a colourful ceremony, preceded by a reception, at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Those speaking at the event included Grand Master James Calvesbert, Captain Angus McDonald, and Commodore Warwick. In his remarks, Commodore Warwick paid tribute to Cunard Line and gave a fascinating account of his spectacular 36 year career with the company which Halifax native Samuel Cunard began in 1840.

Commodore Warwick receiving Certificate from Grand Master(Maritimes Division) James Calvesbert and Captain Angus McDonald

Commodore Warwick receiving Certificate from Grand Master (Maritimes Division) James Calvesbert and Captain Angus McDonald

Commodore Ronald Warwick addressing the gathering at MaritimeMuseum of the Atlantic in Halifax, October13, 2006 after receivingCertificate of Honorary Membership in The Company of Master Marinersof Canada

Commodore Ronald Warwick addressing the gathering at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, October13, 2006 after receiving Certificate of Honorary Membership in The Company of Master Mariners of Canada

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Cunard Statue – Halifax, Nova Scotia

Crowd, including officers from Queen Mary 2, gathered for unveiling of statue of Samuel Cunard, Halifax waterfront, October 7, 2006

Crowd, including officers from Queen Mary 2, gathered for unveiling of statue of Samuel Cunard, Halifax waterfront, October 7, 2006

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 two years from its inception, the Samuel Cunard Memorial Committee( of the Halifax Foundation), with Commodore Ronald W. Warwick as its Honorary Chairman, brought to fruition the long held dream for the construction of a suitable memorial to Samuel Cunard. This Halifax native, the ‘Steam Lion’, revolutionized transportation and communication between the Old and New Worlds with the introduction of his steamships to the North Atlantic beginning with the Cunard Line flag ship Britannia, in 1840.

The statue was designed by Halifax sculptor Peter Bustin and cast by Artcast Foundry in Georgetown, Ontario. Nova Scotia Lieutenant-Governor Mayann Francis, aided by Samuel (8) and Benjamin (6) Paton, Cunard descendants, formally unveiled the statue with hundreds of spectators, including a large contingent of officers from the QM2 looking on.

Statue unveiled. L to R, Jack Keith, Chairman Halifax Foundation, Hon. Alan Abraham, Chairman Sir Samuel Cunard Memorial Project; Commodore Ronald Warwick, Honorary Chairman Implementing Committee, Carol Marlow, President Cunard Line with Paton boys, Peter Bustin, Sculptor, Karen Oldfield, CEO Halifax Port Authority and John G. Langley, Committee member and Chairman Cunard Steamship Society

Statue unveiled. L to R, Jack Keith, Chairman Halifax Foundation, Hon. Alan Abraham, Chairman Sir Samuel Cunard Memorial Project; Commodore Ronald Warwick, Honorary Chairman Implementing Committee, Carol Marlow, President Cunard Line with Paton boys, Peter Bustin, Sculptor, Karen Oldfield, CEO Halifax Port Authority and John G. Langley, Committee member and Chairman Cunard Steamship Society

A sit down luncheon hosted by the Halifax Foundation followed in the nearby Cunard Centre.
Addresses during the luncheon were made by Jack Keith, Chairman of the Halifax Foundation, Carol Marlow, President & Managing Director of Cunard Line, John G. Langley, Q.C., Chairman of the Cunard Steamship Society and member of the Monument Committee, Commodore Ronald W. Warwick, and Pete Paton, great-great grandson of Samuel Cunard.

 

 

'Home At Last' - 10' bronze statue ofHaligonian Samuel Cunard.

‘Home At Last’ – 10′ bronze statue of
Haligonian Samuel Cunard.

Jackie Matthews, Manager Public Relations, Cunard Line talking withCunard descendants, Pete Paton and son Hugh Paton, of Charlottetown, PEI.

Jackie Matthews, Manager Public Relations, Cunard Line talking with Cunard descendants, Pete Paton and son Hugh Paton, of Charlottetown, PEI.

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QM2 – retirement luncheon for Commodore Warwick

Reception in Queens Room aboard QM2.Those shown here (L to R) are Harold Woods, John G. Langley, Robert Murphy and Beryl Woods

Reception in Queens Room aboard QM2.Those shown here (L to R)
are Harold Woods, John G. Langley, Robert Murphy and Beryl Woods

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 on July 24, 2006. Guests for this special occasion included hundreds of friends of the Master of the QM2, many of whom were staying aboard as passengers on the Commodore’s final transatlantic crossing. Commodore Warwick officially retired upon arrival at Southampton July 31, 2006 after 36 years of esteemed service with Cunard Line.

John G. Langley, Chairman Cunard Steamship Society,paying tribute to Commodore Warwick in address to guests at reception in Queens Room aboard QM2

John G. Langley, Chairman Cunard Steamship Society,
paying tribute to Commodore Warwick in address to
guests at reception in Queens Room aboard QM2

Commodore Warwick, Cunard Line President Carol Marlow(L) and Barbara Murphy (R) at Tribute Luncheon in Britannia Restaurant aboard QM2

Commodore Warwick, Cunard Line President Carol Marlow
(L) and Barbara Murphy (R) at Tribute Luncheon in Britannia Restaurant aboard QM2

Commodore Warwick, followingpresentation of oil painting by marine artist Robert Lloyd

Commodore Warwick, following
presentation of oil painting by marine artist Robert Lloyd

'Commodore's Table', Tribute Luncheon July 24, 2006.Standing, L to R - Robert Lloyd, Christopher Dougherty, Tom Cassidy, Kim Warwick, Mr. & Mrs. David Warwick, & John G. Langley. Seated, L to R - Bill Miller, Carol Marlow, Commodore Warwick, Barbara & Robert Murphy

‘Commodore’s Table’, Tribute Luncheon July 24, 2006.
Standing, L to R – Robert Lloyd, Christopher Dougherty, Tom Cassidy, Kim Warwick, Mr. & Mrs. David Warwick, & John G. Langley. Seated, L to R – Bill Miller, Carol Marlow, Commodore Warwick, Barbara & Robert Murphy

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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 two sites; one ‘general’ site for the registration of all different types of ship models, linked to a second site for a ‘Cunard model Registry’.

Current plans are for details to continue to be worked out among the participants…Dr. Sid Siegal of the Ship Modelers’ Association of Southern California and John F. Green of the Maritime Ship Modelers’ Guild (Halifax).

It is hoped that a working design/layout for the Registries will be on line in the near future, allowing the opportunity for the permanent registration (record) of these unique works of art.

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Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Special Events

Museum Director John Hennigar-Shuh with Commodore Ronald W. Warwick, Master of Queen Mary 2 with refurbished Cunard liner 'Franconia'

Museum Director John Hennigar-Shuh with Commodore Ronald W. Warwick, Master of Queen Mary 2 with refurbished Cunard liner ‘Franconia’

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 thirteen foot builder’s model of the much loved Cunard liner ‘Franconia’. Commodore Warwick and the Cunard Steamship Society have been active in their support for this initiative which saw Cunard Line donate $10,000.00 towards the project during a ceremony at the museum associated with the inaugural visit to Halifax by the QM2 in September of 2004.

Commodore Warwick with John Green and other members of the Maritime Ship Modelers' Guild instrumental in refurbishing model of 'Franconia' at MMA

Commodore Warwick with John Green and other members of the Maritime Ship Modelers’ Guild instrumental in refurbishing model of ‘Franconia’ at MMA

Today however was the day which everyone involved had looked forward to for so long…the formal unveiling of the completed model and case, a function appropriately conducted by members of the Modelers Guild and museum staff, aided by Commodore Warwick. The model and case, both impeccably restored will continue to be a source of pride and inspiration to museum visitors for years to come.
Following the unveiling of the Franconia, museum Director John Hennigar-Shuh took time to honour and praise Commodore Warwick, Master of the Queen Mary 2 as a great “friend of the museum.” In doing so, he announced that Commodore Warwick was the first recipient of the ‘Admiralty Circle Award’ presented by the museum to those who have made a special contribution towards the betterment of the museum and its mandate.

Presentation of Nova Scotia crystal to Commodore Warwick as first recipient of 'Admiralty Circle Award' from Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Presentation of Nova Scotia crystal to Commodore Warwick as first recipient of ‘Admiralty Circle Award’ from Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Presentation ceremony at unveiling of the restored Franconia model and display case

Presentation ceremony at unveiling of the restored Franconia model and display case

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Queen Mary 2 Halifax port call October 3, 2005

Queen Mary 2 approaching berth at Pier 21 in Halifax in the early morning light of October 3, 2005

Queen Mary 2 approaching berth at Pier 21 in Halifax in the early morning light of 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 and highlighting the unique historical links between Halifax and Cunard Line.

 

 

Hon. Alan Abraham, John Jay and Robert Stapells, three members of the Sir Samuel Cunard Memorial Committee meeting with Honorary Chairman Commodore Warwick aboard QM2 in Halifax October 3, 2005

Hon. Alan Abraham, John Jay and Robert Stapells, three members of the Sir Samuel Cunard Memorial Committee meeting with Honorary Chairman Commodore Warwick aboard QM2 in Halifax October 3, 2005

Another ‘Cunard first’ and history was made when the Sir Samuel Cunard Memorial Committee of the Halifax Foundation met aboard the QM2.

This committee which has been active for the previous year promoting the move to construct a monument to Samuel Cunard is chaired by Hon. Alan Abraham along with John Jay, Robert Stapells and John G. Langley. Commodore Ronald Warwick is Honourary Chairman.

A special luncheon held aboard in the Todd English restaurant followed.

John G. Langley, Q.C., Chairman of Cunard Steamship Society addressing media aboard Queen Mary 2 at official launch of Cunard Monument Project October 3, 2005

John G. Langley, Q.C., Chairman of Cunard Steamship Society addressing media aboard Queen Mary 2 at official launch of Cunard Monument Project October 3, 2005

At this time the Halifax Foundation announced to a large contingent of invited media the formal plans to construct a lasting memorial to Samuel Cunard on the Halifax waterfront. Cunard Line presented Mr. Abraham with a ceremonial cheque for $75,000.00 making Cunard Line the lead donor in the campaign to raise funds for the statue which is hoped to be ready for unveiling in October of 2006.

 

 

Cheque presentation aboard Queen Mary 2, Halifax, Nova Scotia October 3, 2005. L to R:Hon. Alan Abraham (Chairman), Commodore R.W. Warwick (Honourary Chairman) and John G. Langley Q.C. (member) Samuel Cunard Memorial Committee

Cheque presentation aboard Queen Mary 2, Halifax, Nova Scotia October 3, 2005. L to R:Hon. Alan Abraham (Chairman), Commodore R.W. Warwick (Honourary Chairman) and John G. Langley Q.C. (member) Samuel Cunard Memorial Committee

Clipping from Halifax press reporting on official launch of Sir SamuelCunard Memorial Project

Clipping from Halifax press reporting on official launch of Sir Samuel
Cunard Memorial Project

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Samuel Cunard Memorial Project

Clippings from Halifax, Nova Scotia media on move to establish a lasting memorial in that city to native son Samuel Cunard, founder of Cunard Line

Clippings from Halifax, Nova Scotia media on move to establish a lasting
memorial in that city to native son Samuel Cunard, founder of Cunard Line

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 initiative in a letter addressed to the Halifax Chronicle Herald newspaper following the inaugural visit by the QM2 to this port on September 25, 2004. His challenge was then taken up by the Halifax Foundation which, in co-operation with the Halifax Port Authority is spearheading the drive to construct a statue of Halifax native and company founder Samuel Cunard.

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REGISTRY OF CUNARD ART

Campania PaintingWith 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 & ink drawings to name but a few. They are to be found all over the globe, each reflecting the image of not just a ship, but also some aspect of the remarkable history of the incomparable Cunard Line.
In the pursuit of its mandate to preserve and promote Cunard history, the Cunard Steamship Society is establishing a Registry of Cunard Art (cunardart.com). As proposed, the registry would provide a written and, where agreed upon by the artist/owner, a visual record of the art form. Quite apart from its educational and conservation value, the registry would be of considerable interest to ocean liner and maritime enthusiasts throughout the world.
The Society is currently formulating a registration template. In the meantime it welcomes expressions of interest in listing from artists, corporations, museums and private individuals…indeed anyone who possesses a piece of Cunard art. Registration is entirely voluntary. Where the owner/artist expresses a wish to do so, artwork accepted for listing and display may also be noted as available for purchase. Referrals made through the registry which give rise to a sale of any artwork may be the subject of a commission previously agreed to between the owner/artist and the Society. Expressions of interest may be sent using our contact form.

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FRANCONIA PROJECT – MARITIME MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC

franconia04-cIn 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 the large mahogany display case, the modelers are putting the finishing touches on the ship model – both should be complete in the next few months.
The ‘Franconia Project’ as it came to be known began in July of 2003 with the complete dismantling and cataloging of all parts of the ship. The modelers then identified the many different tasks which were then assigned to working groups from the modeler’s complement. A smaller ‘project group’ led the initiative which has continued unabated to this time. During this period the restoration has been witnessed by countless visitors to the museum who have enjoyed watching the modelers in the ‘workshop’ specially built to house the Franconia model while under refurbishment.

'Franconia Project' at Maritime Museum of Atlantic with modelersJohn Green, Bill Moore and Gerry Wright.

‘Franconia Project’ at Maritime Museum of Atlantic with modelers
John Green, Bill Moore and Gerry Wright.

Franconia sporting newly painted hull.

Franconia sporting newly painted hull.

Museum staff and modelers alike took great pride in hosting Commodore Ronald W. Warwick and officers of the Queen Mary 2 on a tour of the ‘Franconia Project’ as part of the many events surrounding the inaugural visit of the new Cunard flagship to Halifax in September of 2004.

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

Commodore Warwick and officers of QM2 with Hugh Paton, great great grandson of Samuel Cunard and Graeme Duffus, descendant of Susan Duffus, wife of Cunard Line founder

Commodore Warwick and officers of QM2 with Hugh Paton, great great grandson of Samuel Cunard and Graeme Duffus, descendant of Susan Duffus, wife of Cunard Line founder

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.
The exhibit is displayed in the Charles and Andrea Bronfman Theatre in Pier 21 which is the main terminus for cruise ships visiting the historic seaport of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Through various mediums of oils, watercolours, pen and ink drawings and other art forms the exhibition provides an historic perspective from early days to the present of Samuel Cunard and the Cunard Line. The exhibit will run from September 25, 2004 until October 31, 2005.

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