Reported by J.S. Fletcher & Kathy M. Newbern
Many know that Sir Samuel Cunard established the iconic ocean liner company bearing his name. That was more than 171 years ago. Perhaps not as many know that he hailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Cunard celebrated that link when its newest ocean liner Queen Elizabeth made her maiden call at Halifax September 25 at the recently revitalized Halifax Seaport and waterfront (which we just saw ourselves on another cruise this past week – it’s quite impressive).
The Halifax Foundation re-dedicated the Samuel Cunard statue which had been re-located last year to a more prominent position, adjacent to the Cunard Centre, overlooking the harbour and Georges Island.
On hand to join the festivities were many members of the Paton Family, direct descendants of Samuel Cunard, whose younger members, Geoffrey, age 7; Ben, age 11; and Sam, age 13 cut the commemorative ribbon during the re-dedication. At that moment, Queen Elizabeth sounded her whistle in acknowledgement of the historic occasion.
Captain Christopher Wells, master of Queen Elizabeth, said, “The city of Halifax holds unique significance to Cunard Line, and we are proud to join Samuel Cunard’s descendants as we celebrate this special occasion. It is truly gratifying to see this majestic symbol of Samuel Cunard’s legacy take such a prominent position on the waterfront; it stands as a beacon to visitors from all over the globe, which is fitting since Samuel Cunard made far-reaching travel possible for untold millions.”
Alan R. Abraham, vice chairman of The Halifax Foundation, in his remarks added: “Today marks another noteworthy moment for the city of Halifax and the Cunard legacy. Five years ago, we celebrated one of Halifax’s finest with a bronze statue of his likeness. We recognize his contributions to the City of Halifax again today and honor him with the re-dedication of his statue.”
In 2006, The Honourable Alan R. Abraham of The Halifax Foundation, along with John Langley, chairman of the Cunard Steamship Society, spearheaded the initiative to create a bronze statue of Sir Samuel Cunard, which was dedicated in October of that year and has presided over Halifax’s waterfront to recognize one of the city’s most famous and influential individuals. The statue depicts Cunard standing beside a ship’s telegraph, symbolic of steamship travel and the company he established.
Cunard’s autobiography is titled “Steam Lion.”
About Queen Elizabeth
Prior to her maiden call to Halifax, Queen Elizabeth made her inaugural visit to Boston, before continuing up the eastern seaboard through Maine. She completes her maiden New England & Canadian Adventure voyage with a maiden call to Québec City, Quebec and Cornerbrook, Newfoundland before returning to Southampton, England.
Debuting in October 2010, Queen Elizabeth became the third Cunard liner to bear the “Elizabeth” name. Art Deco features throughout the ship pay homage to the original Queen Elizabeth, reflecting The New Golden Age of Ocean Travel.
On board, guests enjoy Royal Nights themed balls, amenities from Champagne Afternoon Tea in the Garden Lounge to dining in The Verandah, a contemporary French restaurant that pays tribute to the legendary Verandah Grills aboard the original Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary.
Read about our most recent voyage with Cunard, aboard Queen Victoria.
For more information, call 800-7-CUNARD or go to www.cunard.com.
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International Travel Examiners Kathy M. Newbern and spouse, J.S. Fletcher, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created YourSpaReport.com and YourNovel.com, their personalized romance novel business.