The Cunard Shipping Line was A British Commerce and Merchant concern, that was founded in 1839 by Samuel Cunard. Originally known as The British and North American Royal Steam Line, it fell entirely to Cunard in the 1860s. The Line was well known for it’s speed trials and held many awards for such. The Cunard Line was well known for establishing the Liners “Lusitania” and “Mauretania”. For a period, these two Ships would hold sway over both Overseas Mail delivery and for Immigrant transportation between Europe and America. However, it the 1870s – The Cunard Line fell into stiff competition with it’s rival, The White Star Line. The White Star began to float some of the largest Liners ever built, and although speed was not a factor, The White Star “luxury” was. After the disaster of the sinking of “Titanic” (and subsequent damage to her sister ships “Olympic” and “Britannic”) – White Star would eventually be brought out by Cunard. The Line would continue with cross Oceanic transport until Liner Travel was overshadowed by Aircraft Transportation. In 2010, Cunard was acquired by Carnival Lines – which dropped it’s Brand name. For well over 100 years, the Official Flag of The Cunard Line remained unchanged. It was seen as a Red Field in it’s entirety. Centered, was The Royal Lion (the symbol of Cunard’s authorization to carry Mail). This symbol was set in worsted Gold. The “Lion” was seen to hold (outstretched), a representation of The World. The Flag was flown on the far rear Mast (Sternward).