Halifax in Halifax Region, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)
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.
Erected 1987 by Samuel Cunard Bicentennial Committee.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1840.
Location. 44° 38.853′ N, 63° 34.272′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Region. Marker is on Lower Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax NS B3J 1S3, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mitchell House (within shouting distance of this marker); Canadian Sailor's Monument (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Norway (about 90 meters away); Giovanni Caboto (about 150 meters away); Celtic Cross (about 150 meters away); Province House (about 180 meters away); Halifax’s Cable Wharf (about 180 meters away); Lebanese Immigrants (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
More about this marker. This marker is on the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
Also see . . . Samuel Cunard - Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 11, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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