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Halifax in Halifax Region, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)

Sir Samuel Cunard


Sir Samuel Cunard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 24, 2019
1. Sir Samuel Cunard Marker
Born in Halifax of Loyalist parentage, Cunard founded in the maritime provinces a commercial empire embracing banking, lumber, land, coal and, especially, shipping. Involved in transatlantic steam navigation from its early days, by 1839 he had won an Admiralty contract for a fixed schedule service to carry the Liverpool-Halifax-Boston mail. In July 1840 the Britannia, the first regular Cunarder, made her maiden crossing in 13 days. Having provided ships for service during the Crimean War, he was created a baronet in 1859. In 1861 he transferred his headquarters from Halifax to England, where he retired.

Né à Halifax de parents loyalistes, Cunard établit un empire commercial dans les Maritimes où il fut marchand de bois et de charbon, banquier et surtout armateur. Avant eu des intérêts dans la navigation transatlantique, il signa en 1839, avec l'Amirauté, un contrat pour le transport régulier de la poste entre Liverpool, Halifax et Boston. En juillet 1840, le Britannia, premier vapeur de la nouvelle ligne Cunard, faisait sa première traversée en treize jours. Durant la guerre
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de Crimée, il fournit des navires, ce qui lui valut d'être nommé baronnet en 1859. Il se retira en Angleterre où il mourut.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1787.
Location. 44° 37.492′ N, 63° 33.842′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Region. Marker is on Ta39 Road, 0.3 kilometers south of Point Pleasant Drive when traveling south. Marker is located at the southeast corner of the Harbour Lookoff (Harbor Overlook) parking lot, on the east edge of Point Pleasant Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Halifax NS B3H 1B5, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ruth M. Goldbloom, O.C., O.N.S. (1923- 2012) (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Polish Immigration Memorial (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Passage to a New Beginning • Passage à un nouveau monde (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Lest We Forget (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); British Home Children / Petits Immigres Britanniques (approx. 1.5 kilometers
Sir Samuel Cunard Marker<br>(<i>wide view looking west • Point Pleasant Park in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 24, 2019
2. Sir Samuel Cunard Marker
(wide view looking west • Point Pleasant Park in background)
away); Dutch Canadians of Nova Scotia (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Pier 21 / Le Quai 21 (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Building a Nation / L'édification d'une nation (approx. 1.5 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 160 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 8, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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