Welcome back Cunard to your spiritual home

A special service marking the historic relationship between Cunard and Liverpool took place on Monday at Liverpool Parish Church.

The service also commemorated the six Cunard seamen who died when its cargo ship the Atlantic Conveyor was attacked and burnt out during the Falklands War in 1982.

The Rector of Liverpool, the Revd Dr Crispin Pailing, said, “As custodians of some of Cunard’s history in Liverpool, we were delighted to welcome them back to the City.  It was a tremendous weekend for everyone, and our service was one of celebration.”

When Cunard moved from Liverpool in the late 1960s, its memorial plaques were relocated to the Parish Church, where they were installed and rededicated at a special service in 1990.
Rev Dr Pailing added: “In this, Cunard’s 175th year, the company has commissioned three further plaques which are being dedicated at a series of events in the summer.

“They commemorate the sinking of Cunard’s ship Lusitania in 1915, the sinking of the Atlantic Conveyor in 1982, and the third remembers all Cunard employees who lost their lives in war.”
The memorial to the Liverpool-registered ship is in the church gardens, and during the service the captains of the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria laid wreaths. Along with Key civic representatives also paying tribute.

The Bishop of Liverpool, Rt Revd Paul Bayes spoke in his sermon during the service of the special and historic relationship between Liverpool and Cunard and welcomed them back to their spiritual home.

Please view photo gallery to the right. All photographs courtesy of Cunard.