AS Cunard celebrates its 175th anniversary, a new video gives viewers an insight into some of the iconic moments in the shipping line’s illustrious history.

The video moves through the decades on a timeline that begins in 1840 as Britannia makes her maiden transatlantic voyage to Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the founder of the steamship company, Sir Samuel Cunard, on board.

The journey continues with Cunard’s participation in WWI, and on to the very first World Voyage in 1922 on the liner Laconia, and to the glamour and glitz of the 1950s era.

The two-and-a-half-minute video takes Cunard’s story up to the present as the cruise line prepares to celebrate its anniversary year. Along the way It reveals surprises for those unfamiliar with Cunard’s rich history, including the loss of 20 ships from the fleet when deployed during WWI from 1914-1918.

Many of the world’s most iconic movie stars graced the Promenade Deck of Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth in the 1950s, including Fred Perry, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, who were regular guests on voyages across the Atlantic Ocean.

Marketing Director of Cunard, Angus Struthers, says the company played a major role in shaping the world of ocean travel as we know it today.

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria left Southampton this month on World Voyages, and will meet  in Sydney (Australia) in a spectacular Royal Rendezvous on March 12 this year, as part of the shipping line’s 175th anniversary events,