Halifax in Halifax Region, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces
Samuel Cunard was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on November 21, 1787. He was the eldest son of Abraham and Margaret Cunard, United Empire Loyalists who emigrated from Philadelphia (Germantown) to Nova Scotia in 1783. His marriage to Susan Duffus produced nine children, all born in Halifax. For more than half a century, the S. Cunard & Company wharves on the Halifax waterfront were the centre of a vast shipping empire engaged in the West Indies trade. Samuel Cunard became the foremost entrepreneur in Halifax and one of the largest owners of sailing vessels in the Maritime Provinces.
Samuel Cunard was a visionary who foresaw steam power replacing sail on the North Atlantic. He became the pioneer of ocean steam navigation when the paddle steamer Britannia, first flagship of the British & North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company later known as the Cunard Line, arrived in Halifax on its maiden voyage from Liverpool, England on July 17, 1840. The advent of steam on the North Atlantic forever altered commerce and communication between the Old and New Worlds.
Samuel Cunard, the "Steam Lion”,
RMS Britannia, first flagship of the British & North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company (Cunard Line) and her three sister ships; Acadia, Caledonia and Columbia commenced the first regularly scheduled transatlantic delivery of the mails by steam power in 1840.
Samuel Cunard vit le jour à Halifax, en Nouvelle-Écosse, le 21 novembre 1787. Il était le fils aîné d'Abraham et de Margaret Cunard, des Loyalistes qui émigrèrent de Philadelphie (Germantown) en Nouvelle-Écosse, en 1783. De son mariage avec Susan Duffus naquirent neuf enfants, tous nés à Halifax. Pendant plus d'un demi-siècle, les docks de la S. Cunard & Company, situés dans le havre d'Halifax, furent le centre d'un vaste empire de transport maritime impliqué dans le commerce avec les Antilles. Samuel Cunard devint l'homme d'affaires principal d'Halifax ainsi que l'un des armateurs les plus importants des provinces maritimes.
Samuel Cunard était un visionnaire qui anticipa la supplantation de la voile par la vapeur dans l'Atlantique Nord. Il devint le pionnier de la navigation transatlantique à vapeur au moment où le Britannia, vapeur à aubes d'abord vaisseau amiral de la British & North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, connue
Samuel Cunard, le "Roi de la vapeur", fondateur de la Cunard Line, fut annobli par la reine Victoria en 1859. Il mourut à Londres, en Angleterre, le 28 avril 1865.
Le RMS Britannia, premier vaisseau amiral de la Compagnie Royale Britannique et Nord Américaine de longs courriers à vapeur (Cunard Line) et ses trois acolytes: Les paquebots Acadia, Caledonia et Columbia, débutèrent leur service régulier de distribution postale transatlantique en 1840.
Erected by The Halifax Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is November 21, 1787.
Location. 44° 38.466′ N, 63° 33.997′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Region. Marker is on Marginal Road east of Lower Water Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is at the base of the Samuel Cunard Monument & Statue on the Halifax Waterfront. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1215 Marginal Road, Halifax NS B3H 4P8, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Volunteers (within shouting distance of this Ships and Men of the Royal Canadian Navy (within shouting distance of this marker); Ocean Terminals/le terminal ocean terminals (within shouting distance of this marker); Port of Halifax/Port de Halifax (within shouting distance of this marker); Prince Valiant (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Tall Ships Parade 2000 (about 210 meters away); The Grand Dérangement (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Charles Morris (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
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