The Marco Polo
was a sailing ship of 1625 tons launched in April 1851 from the building yard of James Smith, Courtney Bay, Saint John, New Brunswick. She was the most famous ship built in New Brunswick, cutting a week off the previous record run from England to Australia, completing the round trip in less than 6 months and earning the title "Fastest Ship in the World." She remained in the Australian trade for 15 years before being bought by Norwegian owners for the Québec timber trade. She ran ashore at Cape Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, in 1883.
By cutting a week off the previous record run from England to Australia, the "Marco Polo" earned the title "Fastest Ship in the World" (courtesy New Brunswick Museum).
Marco Polo Figurehead
This carving graced the bow of the "Marco Polo," one of Saint John's most famous ships (courtesy New Brunswick Museum).
Links to Other Sites
THE FASTEST SHIP IN THE WORLD
A profile of the clipper ship Marco Polo, built in Saint John, New Brunswick, in 1850-51. An Art Gallery of Nova Scotia website.
Marco Polo: The Story of the Fastest Clipper
A brief synopsis of the book "Marco Polo: The Story of the Fastest Clipper" from Nimbus Publishing.
A photo of the anchor from the clipper ship Marco Polo. Includes a note about L.M. Montgomery’s observations of the grounding of this vessel. A McCord Museum website.