Europe America Cunard Oceanline Poster
Europe America, Cunard OcealinesCunard Line was established in 1839 by Samuel Cunard as The British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. The company was founded to carry the Royal Mail between England, the U.S. and Canada. Its first ships were the 1,154-ton paddle steamers Britannia, Acadia, Caledonia and Columbia and they could make the transatlantic journey in 14 days (at a speed of 8.5 knots). Since Cunard Line introduced the world's first regularly scheduled transatlantic liner service (in 1840), the company has launched some 180 ships and claimed a whole host of historic firsts.