Commemorations are marked at former Cunard U.S. headquarters on State Street
Captain Kevin Oprey, Master of Queen Mary 2, throws first ceremonial pitch at Boston Red Sox game
Dazzling fireworks over the harbor conclude the festivities
|The Servia model, built in 1881, was brought over by the Queen Mary 2 and adorns the front entrance of the|
former North American Cunard headquarters at 126 State Street.
13 July 2015 – Cunard celebrated 175 years of history, tradition, and industrial achievement in Boston, Massachusetts. The day-long event marked the company’s original Transatlantic Crossing as well as the first scheduled mail and passenger service across the Atlantic.
In July 1840, the company’s first flagship, Britannia, left from Liverpool, England, setting sail across the Atlantic towards Canada and the United States with Samuel Cunard and his daughter on board. The Britannia’s crossing of the Atlantic in a fortnight marked a revolution in communication in an era when mail and newspapers could take six weeks to reach their destination.
The cutting-edge paddle steamer, capable of speeding at nine knots, carried 115 passengers, 89 crew, 600 tons of coal, the Atlantic mail, chickens, and one cow to provide fresh milk. One hundred and seventy five years later, a Transatlantic Crossing on the Queen Mary 2 offers the ultimate in luxury.
Cunard’s 175th Anniversary in Boston on 12 July 2015 included:
The Presentation of Servia Ship Model to Cunard Building
To commemorate the day, Richard Meadows, President, Cunard North America, along with Master of Queen Mary 2 Captain Kevin Oprey, and local Boston officials, presented Cunard’s Servia ship model in a special ceremony to launch the newly renovated Cunard Building at 120 State Street.
The 11-foot long model, built in 1881, was transported over to the United States on Queen Mary 2 from the Science Museum in England and was placed in the front entrance of the former North American Cunard headquarters for passersby to view. Located in the Customs House District, the building is part of a redevelopment of the area and historically renovated by Highland Development and Morris Architects through the stewardship of the building’s owner, Bill Mosakowsi, Public Consulting Group.
“Boston will always hold unique significance to Cunard and we are grateful for our historic relationship,” said Richard Meadows, president, Cunard North America. It is truly a tribute to Samuel Cunard that his legacy in Boston lives on in such a dynamic manner.”
Queen Mary 2 Captain Pitched at Red Sox Game
Sunday afternoon, Captain Kevin Oprey, Master of Queen Mary 2, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees game at Fenway Park.
Fireworks mark the Queen Mary 2's evening departure as she sets off from Boston to New York City
for the final leg of her 175th Anniversary tour, Sunday, July 12, 2015.
Evening Fireworks in Boston Harbour
Last evening, Bostonians were treated to a grand fireworks display at 9:45 pm as
Queen Mary 2 departed for New York City for the final leg of her 175th Anniversary tour. Spectators at Waterfront Park, Fan Pier and East Boston enjoyed prime viewing during the fireworks display, produced by Garden State Fireworks, although guests onboard Queen Mary 2 undoubtedly had the best seats imaginable for this fitting fireworks celebration.
For more information about Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth and to book a voyage, contact your Travel Consultant, call Cunard toll free at 1-800-728-6273, or visit www.cunard.com.
Christened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004, Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 defines luxury travel for the 21st Century and continues an almost 175-year legacy of transatlantic travel. Queen Mary 2 achieved her 200th Transatlantic Crossing in July 2013. Famous names who have experienced this iconic voyage since 2004 include President George H.W. Bush, Desmond Tutu, James Taylor, Wes Anderson, Tilda Swinton, George Takei, Kim Novak, Uma Thurman, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cleese and Angela Bassett.
Cunard, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travellers who seek a civilised adventure and relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled Transatlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.
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