Cunard history and glamorous stars

Steve Herra will present to us via Zoom (see below for access details).

The presentation is based upon the history of Cunard from 1840 until the present day and includes some of the more famous liners but not all as there were nearly 250!

He also talks about some of the celebrities and stars who sailed aboard Cunard ships:

  • What did Charles Dickens think about the furnishings aboard Britannia?
  • Which actress brought her gleaming white Rolls Royce on board Queen Mary and her own chickens as she demanded fresh eggs each day?
  • When at a New York function, what was the reply to the lady who described Elizabeth Taylor’s very large diamond ring as vulgar?

Steve is a third generation Cunard employee. His last ship was QE2 where he was a Purser. He met his wife aboard QE2 and also some of the celebrities. After leaving Cunard, he joined the Royal Naval Reserve and served aboard HMS President. He still has an interest in ships and acts as a visitor escort conducting guided tours of the ships when they are in Southampton.

How to join the meeting

Requirements for the meeting are:

  • A PC/Laptop, tablet or phone with a reasonable internet connection speed
  • Speakers (internal or external) or headphones

Full participation will also need a microphone and connected video camera.

The meeting will start with announcements from the committee before the presentation.

The Zoom conference will not be time-limited, so there will be no need to log back in after 40 minutes. Attendance is, however, limited to 100 sessions. We expect that will be enough, but please share a session if you intend to join from the same household.

During the presentation everyone will be ‘muted’ and at the end of the presentation there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Click here to learn more about using Zoom. In particular, we strongly advise you to test your system and settings before the presentation by joining a test meeting at

To join the presentation click this link just before it starts at 2pm. You will be asked for a passcode, click here to log in to see it. We will have published the passcode and a link that doesn't need a passcode in our February update email.

The above links, and access details will work only for this meeting.

You do not need a Zoom account to join the presentation, but if you plan on hosting your own conference then you can get a free one from Your presentations will be limited to 40 minutes, unless you pay!