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CUNARD, Sir Samuel, founder of the Cunard steamship line, born in Halifax, N. S., 15 November 1787; died in England, 28 April 1865. He was the son of a mechanic, and became a successful merchant in several kinds of business. In 1838 he formed the Cunard Company, and made a contract with the British government to carry the mails fortnightly for seven years between Liverpool, Halifax, and Boston. The " Britannia," "Acadia," "Caledonia," and "Columbia" steamships, of 1,200 tons register and 440 horse-power, were built for this service, and formed the first line of mail steamers. Mr. Cunard was created a baronet, 9 March 1857.-His son, Sir Edward, born in Halifax, N. S., 1 January 1816; died in New York, 6 April 1869, was educated in his native province, and was for thirty years agent of the Cunard line of steamers at New York. He succeeded to his father's title.
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