Cunard’s first purpose-built ship, Britannia, set sail across the Atlantic on 4 July 1840, inaugurating a service that has endured for 180 years.
Cunard’s enduring success can be attributed to many factors, including the line’s embrace of technological advances; from wooden paddle steamers to steel hulled leviathans; electric lighting to steam turbine engines.
Cunard benefited from national pride and the British Government’s determination to ensure dominance on the Atlantic, as well as sound leadership that led to the establishment of profitable services and excellent service that endures to this day.
However it was the Cunard ships – as well as the people who built, crewed and travelled aboard them – that arguably had the greatest impact on the success of Cunard Line, creating shipboard environments that are unique and full of personality.
This book is a celebration of Cunard and its 180 year history. It includes stories from Cunard captains, crew and shore side staff combined with stunning archival photography.
This new paperback edition is updated to cover events since the line’s 175th anniversary. With new and updated stories from people involved with line, Cunard’s 180-year history is shared in stunning photographs and engaging text to explore the legacy of the great Cunarders.