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MARCO POLO clipper

The Marco Polo was launched in 1851 in New Brunswick, Canada.  She measured 184 feet in length, with a beam of 36 feet and draught of 29 feet.

In 1852, the Marco Polo was converted for passenger service between England and Australia. That year she sailed from Liverpool to Port Phillips Head in 76 days.  After spending 3 weeks in port, she returned to Liverpool in another 76 days.  Her total trip time was 5 months, 21 days, making this the first ever round trip in less than 6 months.   This record stood for for 15 years, to 1867. 

In 1867, Marco Polo was converted back to cargo use. On a trip from Quebec on July 22, 1883 she sprang a leak north of Prince Edward Island. Her crew deliberately grounded her on a beach at Cavendish, Prince Edward Island and cut her masts cut down to prevent the wind from blowing her further onto the shore.  They were able to preserve her until a strong gale came the following month.

Today the wreck site is considered a National Historic Site.  Many artifacts from the ship are now on display at the New Brunswick Museum in Canada. 

 

 





This Marco Polo model features:

  • Scratch-built

  • Double plank-on-frame

  • All parts are wooden or metal

  • Authentic rigging

  • Wooden base

36" long  x 30" tall x 17" wide      $2,900    

Shipping and handling cost: for shipment in the USA: $220, Canada and Hawaii $390, Europe, Middle East and Africa $450, Australia and East Asia $590.  Will be added automatically during the checkout process.  Model will arrive in about seven days.  Express 2-day service in the USA is also available during the checkout process.

                                                                       


 

The Marco Polo model arrived on 17 Sept 2010 as advised.

I am very pleased with the finished product. It is a superb piece of craftsmanship with much attention to detail.

The reason I wanted the Marco Polo was because my great grandfather sailed from Liverpool to Melbourne on its maiden voyage in 1852.

The model will be put in my study.

Thanks for your help.

Regards,

Michael Turner