Cunard Sir Samuel 1787-1865 Born In Halifax His Practical

training fitted him for the important role he was to fill in the

evolution of ocean shipping. Watched closely the early attempts to cross

the Atlantic by steam, and when in 1838 the British government invited

tenders for carrying the mails between Liverpool, Halifax, and Boston,

immediately sailed for England and laid before the Admiralty his

carefully-matured plans for a line of steamships. Succeeded in enlisting

the support of several big shipping firms in England, and had no

difficulty in securing the contract. So originated the Cunard company,

which from an initial fleet of four vessels of 1200 tons each and 440

horse-power has grown to its present gigantic proportions. Was one of

the owners of the Royal William (q.v.). Made a baronet, 1859.