In the same month and year that former Cunard bellboy celebrates 100th birthday, Cunard will celebrate 100-years of sailing from
Luxury cruise line Cunard has welcomed back one of their oldest living former crewmembers as he prepares to celebrate his 100th birthday in the same month that Cunard will celebrate 100-years of sailing from the.
marks a century since the record-breaking superliner RMS. Mauretania inaugurated Cunard’s express transatlantic service; linking the shipping hub with .
Former Cunard bellboy, John ‘Jack’ Jenkins MBE, who recently gave a moving speech at the D-commemoration ceremony in attended by Her Majesty the Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales and US President , was recently welcomed on board Cunard’s iconic ocean liner 2 by Captain MNM for a celebratory lunch. Whilst on board, the Captain invited Mr Jenkins to inspect the ship’s bellboys – to ensure they met the high standards of 1930s Cunard service.
2’s crew easily passed the inspection, though Mr. Jenkins was quick to point out that working on board Mauretania was quite different to how it is today.
“I remember one of my first trips, when we sailed to the West Indies,” Mr. Jenkins Recalls. “When we would arrive in port I would then have to walk around on deck with a gong, as we had no tannoy system back then, and bang the gong and say, ‘All visitors ashore, all visitors ashore’.”
Born at a time when ocean liners were the only way to travel, Mr. Jenkins went on to join Cunard in 1933 as a bellboy and lift operator. RMS. Mauretania was the first Cunard ship he was appointed to – the very ship that established Cunard’shub in the year of his birth.
After Mauretania was retired in 1934, Mr. Jenkins served on board the Cunard ship Ascania until the outbreak of World War II. Joining the war effort, he fought at D-in 1945, before returning to the UK to take up a career in the merchant navy.
“It was such an honor to welcome back Mr. Jenkins to the Cunard family,” said Captain Hashmi. “It felt like a very fitting way to start our centenary celebrations, here in, and of course to congratulate Mr. Jenkins on such a special milestone birthday that he will celebrate later this year. The members of the ship’s company and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to stories of what life was like onboard, and we look forward to the opportunity to do so again.”
Departing, 2 will undertake a historic Transatlantic Crossing from Southampton to New York – in tribute of the century-long relationship between the City and Cunard.
Guests on this celebratory voyage will journey into the past thanks to a traveling maritime exhibition fromSea City Museum, as well as a series of enrichment lectures on board.
Maritime Historian and authorwill be joined by local history expert , each presenting a series of unique talks about the long and illustrious history of Cunard and .