Samuel Cunard

Nova Scotia Museum (NSM)

Abstract


Samuel Cunard (1787-1865) was a Halifax-born merchant and entrepreneur who adapted steam-power technology to scheduled high-seas navigation, making maritime travel faster and safer, and helping to inaugurate today’s world of interconnected transportation and communication. The firm that he conceived and co-founded, popularly known as the Cunard Line, was the dominant passenger navigation company in the world for much of the 19th and 20th centuries, and remains a prestigious brand in the global leisure travel industry today.

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