Cunard Heritage Trail - Part I
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4 July 1840 the
wooden-hulled paddle steamer Britannia, withSamuel
Halifax, NS &
The Cunard Line has
owned or managed over 200 ships.
guide to the Cunard Line heritage items aboard QE2 is
available from the Purser's Office. On these pages I have attempted
to follow it through with photographs of a number of the models,
displays, paintings and other memorabilia displayed in the public
areas of the ship. In such a short time it wasn't possible to see or
selection of b&w photos featuring Royal visits and the launching
of the company's ships adorn the Penthouse Stairway.
A Stairway, the Britannia
holding her shield is carved out of Quebec yellow pine by Cornish
sculptor Charles Moore and presented to the ship by Lloyds of London.
the entrance to the Queens Grill is a model of the steamship Russia.
This propeller-driven ship entered service in 1867 and represents a
transitional stage between the early paddle steamers and later
twin-screw vessels which gave sufficient reliability for sails to be displaced.
Grill is a pastel of HM Queen Elizabeth II by I B Oden,
and in the Queens Grill Lounge Bar is a collection of 20 photographs
of visits to the ship by members of the Royal family. Numerous Cunard
vessels, including Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth & Caronia. In the
Queens Grill Lounge are more pastels of HM Queen Elizabeth II &
the Queen Mother along with prints & cutaways of deck layouts of
ships in the latter C19. Also a Wedgewood vase presented to the ship
by Lord Wedgewood.
Mary - Fisher
contains a number of original oil paintings, or limited edition
prints, of famous ships of the line such as Mauretania, Queen
Elizabeth, Queen Mary, Carmania & Queen Elizabeth 2, by marine
artists Fisher, Card and Bauwens.
E Stairway there are 3
large tapestries hanging in the stairwell, commissioned
from Helena Barynina Hernmarck to commemorate the launch of QE2. An aerial
photograph of John Brown's shipyard showing the launch
of QE2 when she took to the waters of the Clyde for the first time,
on 20 Sept 1967, adorns Stairway G.