Samuel Cunard - Halifax, NS, Canada
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 44° 38.466 W 063° 33.995
20T E 455066 N 4943238
Quick Description: A monument honoring shipping magnate Samuel Cunard also contains a history of his flagship the RMS Britanna is located in the Halifax Seaport District near Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Date Posted: 9/3/2017 10:18:11 AM
Waymark Code: WMWGN5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 2

Long Description:

A monument to Samuel Cunard contains a 10' high bronze statue of the Halifax born shipping pioneer and founder of the Cunard Lines. The statue was created by Halifax native Peter Bustin and cast by Artcast Foundry in Georgetown, Ontario.

Cunard is wearing a three piece suit and a bow tie. He is standing on a bronze plinth attached to a polished black granite base while looking over his right shoulder. He has his right hand resting on an engine order telegraph device. Inscribed on the front of the base is:

Samuel Cunard
1787 - 1865
Haligonian - World Benefactor

The left side of the base is simply inscribed:

CUNARD

A bronze plaque in front of the monument contains his biography and the history of the Cunard Line.

SAMUEL CUNARD
Samuel Cunard was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on
November 21, 1787. He was the eldest son of Abraham
and Margaret Cunard, United Empire Loyalists who
emigrated from Philadelphia (Germantown) to Nova
Scotia in 1783. His marriage to Susan Duffus produced
nine children, all born in Halifax. For more than half
a century, the S. Cunard & Company wharves on the
Halifax waterfront were the centre of a vast shipping
empire engaged in the West Indies trade. Samuel Cunard
became the foremost entrepreneur in Halifax and one
of the largest owners of sailing vessels in the
Maritime Provinces.

Samuel Cunard was a visionary who foresaw steam power
replacing sail on the North Atlantic. he became the pioneer
of ocean steam navigation when the paddle steamer Britannia,
first flagship of the British & North American Royal Mail
Steam Packet Company later known as the Cunard Line,
arrived in Halifax on its maiden voyage from Liverpool,
England on July 17, 1840. The advent of steam on the North
Atlantic forever altered commerce and communication
between the Old and New Worlds.

RMS Britannia, first flagship of the British
& North American Royal Mail Steam
Packet Company (Cunard Line) and her
three sister ships, Acadia, Caledonia
and Columbia commenced the
first regularly scheduled
transatlantic delivery of the
mails by steam power in 1840.

Bronze plaques on the base indicate that:

THIS MONUMENT WAS RELOCATED ON AUGUST 24, 2010
AND WAS REDEDICATED IN A PUBLIC COMMEMORATIVE
CEREMONY DURING THE INAUGURAL VISIT OF
CUNARD LINE'S QUENN ELIZABETH ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2011

THE
HALIFAX
FOUNDATION

and

THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED BY THE HALIFAX FOUNDATION
WITH THE SUPPORT OF THESE PUBLIC SPIRITED CORPORATIONS

CN
Cunard Line
Halifax Foundation
Halifax Port Authority
Secunda Marine Limited
The Bank of Nova Scotia
Waterfront Development Corporation
The Cunard Steamship Society

Relevent website: [Web Link]

List if there are any visiting hours:
Always available


Date dedicated: 9/25/2011

Sponsor(s): The Halifax Foundation, Cunard Lines, Halifax Port Authority, Bank of Nova Scotia, Waterfront Development Corp., The Cunard Steamship Society

Entrance fees (if any): Not listed

Parking coordinates: Not Listed

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