Steve Herra

Location: Southampton, Hampshire
About me...

I am third generation Cunard employee as my father and grandmother both sailed with Cunard.  My last ship was QE2 where I was a Purser, I met my wife aboard QE2 and also some of the celebrities I introduce to the audience.  After leaving Cunard, I joined the Royal Naval Reserve and served aboard HMS President.  I still have an interest in ships and act as a visitor escort conducting guided tours of the ships when they are in Southampton.

About my talks...

I have laptop, projector and screen all I really need is a six foot table and power socket.  The talk is supported  by powerpoint but there is no text for my audience to read as this can become rather tedious for some people and detract from their enjoyment of the presentation.

Fee:

The fee for each talk is £65 plus mileage @ .33 pence per mile.

My Contact Details:
Phone:

02380 814611 07751488902

“Cunard History and Glamorous Stars”

Public Speaker Steve Herra talks about “Cunard History and Glamorous Stars”

•   The talk 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!

•    I also talk about some of the glamorous stars and celebrities who sailed aboard Cunard ships including some I have met.

•    How did Charles Dickens describe the furnishings in his cabin 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?

This has been a very popular talk.

“The Body Through the Porthole”

Public Speaker Seve Herra talks about “The Body Through the Porthole”

A true story from 1947 when a young actress sailing from Cape Town to Southampton aboard the Durban Castle had a liaison with a deck steward.  During one such liaison, she died and he pushed her body through the porthole!  The ship was 90 miles from the nearest land and in shark infested waters.  The audience act as jury and decide if the accused was guilty or not guilty or murder.

•         Did Gay Gibson’s ailments cause her death?

•         What was the significance of the alarm clock left on deck?

•         Who rang the cabin alarm bells?

•         How did James Camb explain the scratches on his arms?

•         What happened after the trial?

“The QE2 story”

Public Speaker Steve Herra talks about “The QE2 story”

The story of this iconic liner from launch in 1967 to her final departure from our shores in 2008.  This includes additional stars and celebrities who sailed aboard and members of the Royal Family who visited QE2, this talk also includes her Falklands War Service.

•         During the build stage of QE2, which items did one shipyard worker remove from the ship and take home?

•         Did the Queen name the ship correctly?

•         How did the Senior Doctor announce his first-born to the wardroom?

•         Who ordered QE2 be sunk by torpedo in 1973?

•         What was the name of the unlikely stowaway in 1982?