Three Queens Rendezvous in Liverpool

Liverpool is a city that will forever be part of our history, having been Cunard’s home from the beginning in 1840, until 1967. When Queen Mary 2 arrived on 24 May, she hosted a Champagne reception and lunch. On 25 May all three Queens reunited in Liverpool for the first time in history. Sailing in formation and meeting on the famous waterfront of their spiritual home, the fleet performed a water ballet together, creating a spectacular one-off event. Thousands of people viewed the display from the banks of the Mersey which was later concluded with a brilliant firework display.

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The Cunard Building Gallery

History

‘I want a plain and comfortable boat’. This was the brief that Samuel Cunard issued when he sought a ship builder to construct the very first Cunarder. The history of the Cunard fleet is the story of crossing the North Atlantic, from sail to steam to diesel, from wood to iron to steel. Mail steamers evolved into liners, floating palaces, grand hotels and the holiday resort of the world’s ocean.

Did you know

Liverpool was Cunard’s home from 1840 until 1967. The Cunard Building, completed in 1917, is one of the famous ‘Three Graces’ at Liverpool’s Pier Head.

The new mail service proved so popular that by 1847 the Admiralty negotiated with Samuel to double the service to sail every Saturday from Liverpool to either Halifax or Boston.

11 million emigrants crossed the Atlantic between 1860 and 1900. About a third of them sailed from Liverpool.

 

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Three Queens Rendezvous in Liverpool