Written by on Friday March 6, 2015
2015 is Cunard’s 175th anniversary year, and they’re marking the occasion with a number of landmark events. To get a flavour of this prestigious line’s history, they’ve released a this video which showcases some of the significant moments as well as looking forward to some of the celebrations that will take place throughout the year.
The timeline begins with Samuel Cunard’s founding of the company in 1840 with the first scheduled transatlantic crossings on Britannia. It continues with highlights including Mark Twain’s voyages in the 1870s; the first wireless communications at sea in 1901; HM Queen Mary becoming the first Monarch to launch a merchant ship in 1994; HM Queen Elizabeth launching the QE2 in 1967; and Nelson Mandela sailing on that famous ship in 1998.
Cunard’s Marketing Director, Angus Struthers said: “It’s remarkable to see 175 years condensed into a five minute video. For those unfamiliar with Cunard, it really does illustrate how ocean travel has evolved, and the pivotal role Cunard and its majestic fleet plays as a beacon for the industry. We look forward to celebrating Cunard’s heritage and milestone anniversary in grand style throughout the year.”
The celebrations begin on the 12th of March with the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria making a rendezvous at Sydney Harbour. It won’t be long before another historic reunion when all three ships of the line – Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth - come together at their home port of Southampton on the 3rd of May with thousands of people expected to turn out to greet them.
On 7th May, the Queen Victoria will be making calls in Ireland to mark 100 years since the loss of the Lusitania. There will be celebrations in Greenock on the Clyde on May 21st where the Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and QE2 were all built.
From the 24th until the 26th of May, the fleet will be reunited once again they spend time on the Mersey - the spiritual home of Cunard, with up to a million people expected to turn up to greet the fleet.
On 4th of July as Queen Mary 2 recreates the Cunard’s inaugural transatlantic crossing, exactly 175 years to the day that the Britannia set off in 1840 departing from Liverpool and arriving in New York on the 14th where the celebrations will continue.