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Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth returns to her ‘spiritual home’

By Mersey Maritime

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth made her seventh visit to Liverpool on July 23 and her latest call marked the 80th  anniversary of the launch of Cunard’s second Mauretania at Cammell Laird’s shipyard in Birkenhead in July 1938.

To mark the occasion a special sail away show took place on the Cruise Berth, at Princes Dock. The show featured a variety of musical performances including award-winning opera singer Joanne Dennis, followed by a confetti show.

A Cunard visit always plays a highly significant role in Liverpool’s cruise season, as Cunard was founded in Liverpool in 1839 and the city was home to its head office for almost 130 years.

The second Mauretania was the first ship to be built for the newly formed Cunard White Star Line and was laid down on May 24, 1937. She was the largest ship ever to be built in an English shipyard at the time.

Also during Queen Elizabeth’s latest call, there was a special service at Liverpool Parrish Church led by the Rector of Liverpool the Revd Dr Crispin Pailing. In the congregation were be civic dignitaries, including the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, the Master of Queen Elizabeth Captain Aseem Hashmi and other Cunard representatives.

Head of cruise & maritime operations at Cruise Liverpool, Peter Murney said: “To have Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth visiting us on the anniversary of the Second Mauritania launching at Cammell Laird shipyard is extremely special for us.

“We’re incredibly proud of our maritime heritage and our strong connection to Cunard. This Cruise season is in full swing and we couldn’t be happier to be able to welcome thousands of passengers and crew to our beautiful city.”

Vice President of marketing at Cunard, Angus Struthers, said: “ We are immensely proud that her return to Liverpool gave us the opportunity to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the launch of our second Mauretania from Cammell Laird’s shipyard in Birkenhead.”

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Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth returns to her ‘spiritual home’