What is probably the best-known shipping company in the world is celebrating the 175th anniversary of its founding, and to mark Cunard’s anniversary we have two special features in this issue. The first is a look at a dozen ships that have been operated by Cunard, showing the diversity of the company’s operations during its time. This is particularly interesting, as it shows that the company is not just about liners and cruise ships. The second is an in-depth look at Queen Elizabeth, the cruise ship which is herself enjoying an anniversary this year, marking five years in service.

april arious events have been organised by Cunard to celebrate the 175th anniversary, including a cruise on Queen Victoria in May to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Lusitania. May will also see Cunard come to Liverpool, with the three Queens due to meet on the famous Liverpool waterfront in a one-off event expected to be attended by thousands of people on the banks of the Mersey. On 4 July, the same date that the company’s first ship, Britannia, departed on her maiden voyage, Queen Mary 2 will leave Liverpool and cross the Atlantic to Halifax, Sir Samuel Cunard’s home town, before heading south to Boston and then on to New York.

Finally, on another note, the selection of photographs showing bulk carriers at Lough Foyle/Londonderry, published in the March issue, should have been credited to R. A. Armstrong from Londonderry. We apologise for omitting his name and not crediting some interesting and unusual images.



EDITORNicholas Leach


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