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Cunard Line and its historic relationship with Liverpool

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Cunard Line and its historic relationship with Liverpool
Cunard Queen Anne celebrations. (L - Samuel Cunard, R - Cunard Building Liverpool)

Cunard Line has been associated with the city of Liverpool, in bond that has been meticulously crafted over nearly two centuries.

This historic relationship with the city continues to evolve, celebrated with events like the upcoming Cunard Queen Anne naming ceremony, on 3 June.

The birth of an iconic relationship

Cunard’s journey began in 1839, when Samuel Cunard from Halifax, Nova Scotia, won the British government contract to deliver mail across the Atlantic.

Recognising Liverpool’s strategic importance as a maritime hub, Cunard established its headquarters in the city, quickly cementing Liverpool’s status as a central player in global shipping.

Cunard Liverpool - Queen Anne - The Guide Liverpool
QE2 Naming Ceremony in 1990

The Golden Age of transatlantic travel

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Cunard’s grand liners, such as the RMS Lusitania and RMS Mauretania, set new standards for speed, luxury, and safety.

Liverpool’s docks were the bustling epicenter where these magnificent ships embarked on their transatlantic voyages, carrying thousands of passengers and tons of cargo between the Old World and the New.

The city’s waterfront was transformed by the presence of these majestic liners, with Liverpool becoming a gateway to the world. The Cunard Building, one of our city’s architectural gems, and part of the “Three Graces” on the Pier Head, stands as a testament to this golden era of ocean travel.

A legacy of innovation and excellence

Cunard has continually introduced state-of-the-art vessels that blend modern technology with timeless elegance. The launch of Queen Elizabeth in 2010 and Queen Mary 2 in 2004 reaffirmed Cunard’s commitment to maintaining its storied tradition while adapting to contemporary demands.

Cunard Queen Anne celebration stage. Credit: Cunard
Cunard Queen Anne celebration stage. Credit: Cunard

Modern celebrations

Liverpool’s connection to with the company is not merely historical; it is set to be celebrated once again.

The arrival of Queen Anne and her naming ceremony at Liverpool’s Pier Head is a spectacular continuation of the legacy. T

he event will feature a vibrant mix of performances from world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and local talents, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and DJ Lauren Lo Sung, and Scouse legend Craig Charles.

Community and cultural impact

Beyond the grandeur of its ships, Cunard has had a profound impact on Liverpool’s cultural and economic landscape. The line has provided countless jobs and contributed to the city’s economy through tourism and international trade.

Liverpool’s Maritime Museum frequently highlight Cunard’s pivotal role in shaping the city’s identity.

Looking to the Future

As Queen Anne prepares to make her grand entrance on Monday (June 3), the anticipation is a reminder of the enduring bond between Cunard and Liverpool.

For everything you need to know on the Cunard Queen Anne celebrations click here.



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