Sir Samuel Cunard (1787-1865)
- merchant and fleet owner
- born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Cunard sailed from Canada to England in 1838 where he formed the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, later known as the Cunard Line, Ltd.
- in 1840 the company dispatched its first steamship, the Britannia, with Cunard himself at the helm, from Liverpool to Boston. Its 14-day, 8-hr voyage marked the beginning of regular transatlantic service by steamship.
- the Britannia was followed Cunard's first iron ship, the Persia, in 1855, and by his first screw-propelled ship, the China, in 1862
- in recognition of his contributions to British shipping and hence to British prestige in the world Cunard was made a baronet by Queen Victoria in 1859
- A merchant fleet at war (1920) by Archibald Hurd
- Samuel Cunard, pioneer of the Atlantic steamship (1967) by Kay Grant.
- Cunard and the North Atlantic, 1840-1973: a history of shipping and financial management (1975) by Francis E. Hyde
- The Cunard story (1987) by Howard Johnson.
- Cunard: 150 glorious years (1989) by John Maxtone-Graham.
- The Cunard Line: a pictorial history 1840-1990 (1990) by Peter W. Woolley and Terry Moore
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