The Dramatic History of Cunard Line - Talk by Eric Flounders
At 7.00pm on Thursday 23 January 2020 join Hamble River Sailing Club
An illustrated presentation by
The Triumph of a Great Tradition:
The Dramatic History of Cunard Line
Cunard is the third oldest shipping company still operating, after the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and P&O. The big difference is that Cunard's 180-year history is action-packed and historically significant.
Cunard was the first company to establish a regular, timetabled steamship service between the UK and North America- a venture so near the cutting edge of technology that it seemed foolhardy. But the venture prospered, and the company went on to have pivotal roles in British history, in American and Canadian history, in military history and in maritime history.
Cunard established the first reliable transatlantic mail service, revolutionised the economy of America's eastern seaboard, ensured Liverpool's pre-eminence as a port and the Clyde's pre-eminence in shipbuilding, and came to the nation's aid in every war from Crimea to the Gulf.
Without Cunard it is doubtful if there would have been any survivors of Titanic; without Cunard, 'D' Day could not have happened when it did.
Last updated 12:49pm on 19 December 2019