Cunard has a long, well-documented but complex history that researchers should explore independently.
A few time-line points: was established in 1840 as the British and North American Royal Mail Steam-Packet Company. In 1879, re-organized as the Cunard Steamship Company Ltd. In 1934, merged with chief rival White Star Line to form Cunard-White Star Line. In 1949, reverted to the name Cunard Line.
Multiple name variants exist and locations world-wide were served. Early fleets included wooden hulls and paddle wheels. Fleets were numerous, renamings were common, and select ships were pressed into service in war-time eras. Some of the more well-known ships include the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, Caronia, Mauretania, Lusitania.
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Ships, Boats, and Vessels, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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