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Exactly 175 years ago the Cunard Line’s first ship, Britannia, left British waters bound for America. Since then, it has become a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic.

In 1839, Nova Scotian Samuel Cunard was awarded the first British trans-Atlantic steamship mail contract, going on to form the British and North American Royal Mail Steam-Packet Company with Robert Napier, the famous Scottish steamship engine designer and builder, to operate the line’s four pioneer paddle steamers on the Liverpool–Halifax–Boston route.

For most of the next 30 years, it held the Blue Riband for the fastest Atlantic voyage, but suffered stiff competition from the White Star Line and the Inman Line. Relying on loans and subsidiaries from the British Government in the early 1900s it built two superliners, one of which, the Mauretania, held the Blue Riband from 1909 to 1929. The sinking of her running mate Lusitania in 1915 was one of the causes of the US entering the First World War.

In 1934, the British Government again offered Cunard loans to finish Queen Mary and to build a second ship, Queen Elizabeth, on the condition that Cunard merged with the then ailing White Star Line to form Cunard-White Star Ltd and, on purchasing White Star’s share in 1947, the Curnard Line was born.

Now based at Carnival House in Southampton, the Cunard Line is the only shipping company to operate a scheduled passenger service between Europe and North America.

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