The Rise of Samuel Cunard

“THE Cunard family is of German origin. In 1683, Thones Kunders emigrated from Crefeld to Philadelphia, where he was granted land by William Penn himself. His great-grandson, Abraham Cunard, came to Halifax from Philadelphia some time before 1785. He was a carpenter by trade, and obtained employment in the Dock Yard. His wife’s name was Margaret Murphy. She came with a band of Loyalists from South Carolina”

“Cunard’s wharf is the centre of the West India trade, and the firm keeps Lyle and Chappell of Dartmouth busy building ships for it and giving employment to hundreds of men. John Cunard is master of one of their vessels.”

MacMechan, A. “The Rise of Samuel Cunard” Dalhousie Review, Volume 09, Number 2, 1929