QUEEN MARY 2 – INAUGURAL VISIT TO HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA SEPTEMBER 25-26, 2004

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QM2 Dockside at Pier 21, Halifax

QM2 Dockside at Pier 21, Halifax

September 25, 2004 was an historic day for Halifax, the people of Nova Scotia and Cunard Line. The Queen Mary 2, new flagship of the Cunard Line made her inaugural visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia, birthplace of Company founder Samuel Cunard on this date. It was a homecoming of great import, not just for those who came from all over the province and beyond to bear witness to the spectacle of the world’s most famous ship, but also for passengers, crew and Cunard Line executives present for the occasion to discover or re-discover the company’s Canadian roots… here, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The arrival in Halifax of the Queen Mary 2 continues the unparalleled history of innovation and development of steam navigation which began one hundred and sixty-four years earlier with the maiden transatlantic crossing to Halifax in 1840 by the first Cunard flagship ‘Britannia’.

Commodore Warwick in conversation with John Hennigar-Shuh, Director of Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax'

Commodore Warwick in conversation with John Hennigar-Shuh, Director of Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax’

The QM2’s two day visit was highlighted with a gala dinner at Pier 21 National Historic site by the Halifax Port Authority and hosted by Pier 21 Society. The dinner was preceded by a reception and formal opening by Commodore Ronald W. Warwick of ‘Cunard On Canvas – the Langley Collection’ – an exhibition of artwork from the collection of Cunard Steamship Society Chairman John G. Langley Q.C. featuring Samuel Cunard and ships of the Cunard Line from inception to the present time.

Commodore R.W. Warwick, Bill Miller, John G. Langley and officers of QM2 at Maritime Museum of Atlantic September 26, 2004

Commodore R.W. Warwick, Bill Miller, John G. Langley and officers of QM2 at Maritime Museum of Atlantic September 26, 2004

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Halifax’s waterfront hosted a public reception on September 26, 2004 at which time a financial contribution towards the costs of restoring a thirteen foot model of the ‘Franconia’ by the museum and the Maritime Modelers Guild was received from Cunard Line/Carnival Corporation by John Hennigar-Shuh, Director of the museum. Commodore Warwick in his comments acknowledged the fine work of the Modelers Guild in the restoration and refurbishing of the Franconia and later had a first-hand look at the model in the museum’s Age of Steam Gallery.

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COMMEMORATIVE STAMP – SIR SAMUEL CUNARD

stamp-senatorAt a stamp launch ceremony held May 28, 2004 at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada officials of Canada Post unveiled a stamp commemorating Halifax native Samuel Cunard, founder of the Cunard Line. A ‘special’ guest speaker at the opening was a long-time friend, journalist, statesman and ardent supporter of the concept of steam navigation, Joseph Howe, impersonated by actor Michael Bawtree. The Cunard Steamship Society as proponent was formally recognized for its role in procuring this stamp in ceremonies surrounding the inaugural visit by the new Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 to Halifax in September of 2004.

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