Cunard Marks 175th Anniversary Of Transatlantic Service
Descendant of Sir Samuel Cunard Hugh Paton from Canada, welcomed by
Cunard's officers & bellmen in Liverpool where for the first time since 1968
passengers have embarked for Transatlantic service
Fred Arrows honour Cunard's 175th anniversary to the day,
with a spectacular fly-past in Liverpool
Queen Mary 2 sounded her ship's whistle at 2 p.m. on July 4 th, 2015 in Liverpool to signify the time exactly 175 years earlier that Cunard's first ship Britannia left the city's Coburg Dock and inaugurated the first ever scheduled Transatlantic service.
That first crossing changed the face of ocean travel, establishing the first permanent link between the Old World and the New – a link that has remained unbroken for 175 years as Cunard's ships have crossed and re-crossed the Atlantic every year since, in peace and war, without fail.
History was also made in the city when 400 Cunard passengers embarked Queen Mary 2 bound for Halifax, Boston and New York. This was the first time in nearly 50 years that passengers have set out on a Transatlantic crossing from Liverpool since Cunard's Franconia's last crossing from the city in 1968.