“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Halifax in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic

Samuel Cunard


Samuel Cunard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 14, 2014
1. Samuel Cunard Marker
Inscription. A native son and a great Nova Scotian, he received his early training in this city and became a highly regarded merchant, humanitarian and ship owner. All this was a prelude to his most successful venture, the founding of the British and North American Royal Mail Steam-packet Company and its successor the Cunard Steam-ship Company.
Aware of the need for a regular Transatlantic passenger and mail service, Cunard established a fortnightly sailing from Liverpool to Halifax, Boston and return, On July 4th, 1840, a 1135 ton wooden paddle steamer, Britannia, set sail on her maiden voyage with a crew of 90 and a passenger list of 63 including Cunard and his two daughters. Britannia arrived in Halifax after a passage of 12 days, 10 hours, where she received a warm welcome before proceeding to Boston.
Thus began a Transatlantic service that became renowned for its dependability and its attention to the safety of the passengers. Britannia was joined by these sister ships, the Acadia, Caledonia and Columbia, and they became the vanguard of the long succession of great ocean liners that have made the name Cunard famous throughout the world.
In 1848, Cunard moved to London to better direct his rapidly expanding shipping interests. It was inevitable that he should be recognized for outstanding services to his country when Cunard
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 14, 2014
2. Samuel Cunard Marker
ships were engaged in carrying troops to the Crimea. For this and many other achievements he was created a Baronet by Queen Victoria in 1859.
Erected 1987 by Samuel Cunard Bicentennial Committee.
Location. 44° 38.853′ N, 63° 34.272′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Regional Municipality. Marker is on Lower Water Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1S3, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canadian Sailor's Monument (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Norway (about 90 meters away); Province House (about 180 meters away); Halifax’s Cable Wharf (about 180 meters away); South African War Monument (about 210 meters away); There Was Once a Very Special Ship (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Halifax Waterfront Buildings (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Glebe House Campus (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Halifax.
More about this marker. This marker is on the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
Also see . . .  Samuel Cunard - Wikipedia. Sir Samuel Cunard, 1st Baronet (21 November 1787 – 28 April 1865)
Samuel Cunard Marker image. Click for full size.
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3. Samuel Cunard Marker
was a British Canadian shipping magnate, born at Halifax, Nova Scotia, who founded the Cunard Line. He was the son of a master carpenter and timber merchant who had fled the American Revolution and settled in Halifax.
(Submitted on October 11, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
The <i>Britannia</i> in ice at Boston image. Click for full size.
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4. The Britannia in ice at Boston
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