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Explore 175 years of History

175 years ago, in 1840, Sir Samuel Cunard set sail aboard Britannia and founded the great transatlantic steamship service.

Since that date, there have been hundreds of ships owned and operated by the Cunard Line. From the small paddle steamers to the magnificence of the Queens, Cunard Line has operated a vast array of ships over 175 years.

These pages allow you to explore the history of the Cunard Line, ship by ship. While this is not an exhaustive list, the most notable Cunard vessels are detailed here; and we are always seeking to add new profiles to the archive.

Please select a time period using the menu on the left. From there you will be able to select a ship and learn more about its history.

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