From 3 July 2015
This display has now closed
2015 was the 175th anniversary of the creation of the Cunard Line. This display celebrated the people, ships, and events that have connected Cunard and Liverpool for 175 years.
In 1840 Samuel Cunard founded the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, operating between Liverpool, Halifax, and Boston. The line has become synonymous with passenger travel and the company’s red and black funnel has been a familiar sight at the Liverpool waterfront since the first transatlantic voyage in July 1840.
Throughout the company’s history it forged links with Liverpool that are visible in the city’s fabric. The Cunard building, the company’s headquarters, opened in 1916 and became a genuinely iconic part of the waterfront as one of the 'Three Graces'. In wartime and in peace Cunard was, and continues to be, a central part of Liverpool’s maritime story.
This display featured objects from National Museums Liverpool’s maritime history collections and Maritime Archives which show the long association between Cunard and Liverpool. The story of some of the most stylish ships in the world was told through the lives of the people who sailed them and the company that built them.