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The story of Cunard is one of superlatives—from the fastest ships to the largest rooms afloat to the greatest number of people ever carried on one vessel at one time (over 16,000 on Queen Mary)—and the company has survived for 165 sometimes stormy and turbulent years. The Cunard fleet has just seen the addition of the largest ocean liner in the world as the 150,000- ton Queen Mary 2 (over three times larger than Titanic) came into service in 2004.
Janette McCutcheon has one of the finest collections of Cunard memorabilia in the UK. She has written three shipping titles for Tempus Publishing.
|1||Cunard's Conquest of the Atlantic||7|
|2||From the 'First Modern Liner' to the End of the First World War||19|
|3||From the End of the First World War to the 'Queens'||51|
|4||The Post-War Years||75|
|5||The Company's Fortunes Change||81|
|6||From Strength to Strength||93|
Posted April 13, 2009
The long history of the famed Cunard ocean liner company is brought together in photographs. The Cunard name is associated with elegant transatlantic steamship travel in the early years of the 20th century. Today, the name is associated with cruise-ship vacations mostly in the Caribbean. In 1998, the remaining Cunard fleet was purchased by Carnival Corporation so that it could claim to be the owner of the world's largest cruise ship. By this time, parts of the Cunard steamship company had already been sold off; and Cunard was seen mostly as a remnant of a bygone era of ocean travel. The growth of the jet-plane industry after World War II brought the near-demise of Cunard.
Cunard's history goes back further than its heyday of the early 1900s. The British company was founded by Canadian Samuel Cunard in 1939. The first steamship was launched the following year. The company was named the British and North America Royal Mail Steam Ship Packet Company. But it soon came to be known simply as Cunard after its founder.
The most interesting photographs are the older ones of the early generation of ships with masts for sails in addition to the steam pipes. Photographs of Cunard liners in their World War II roles as troop carriers and hospital ships are of particular interest as well as this side of the company's history is not so widely known. The ships were not only luxury liners throughout the company's history of about 170 years. Color ads of various types including posters attract special interest too for artists' dramatic and fetching pictures of the impressive liners.
Most of the photographs are black-and-white ones from different periods. Many of these are straightforward photographs of different ships, possibly for nothing more than identification. There are photos of ships near docks with a waiting crowd or pulling into or leaving busy harbors which convey the excitement generated by the huge ocean liners, an excitement still aroused today. The text follows the overall course of the history of Cunard and highlights the moments of change. The balance of diverse period photographs, complementary illustrations, and informative text make for a companionable general history and visual record.