Saint John in Saint John County, New Brunswick — The Canadian Atlantic
The Marco Polo
Le Marco Polo
A three-masted full-rigged ship with a modified clipper hull, the Marco Polo earned a reputation as the “fastest ship in the world” and drew international attention to New Brunswick shipyards. Built in 1851 by James Smith in Saint John, it was sold to British interests and refitted to carry emigrants. Its captain, “Bully” Forbes, achieved a record passage from Liverpool the goldfields of Australia in 1852 by using the “Roaring Forties” route north of Antarctica. While carrying timber to England in 1883, the Marco Polo was run ashore at Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, during a gale.
Le Marco Polo, trois-mats carré doté d’une coque de clipper modifiée, attira l’attention internationale sur les chantiers navals du Nouveau-Brunswick en s’illustrant comme «le navire le plus rapide au monde». Construit par James Smith à Saint John en 1851, le fut vendu à des Britanniques et rééquipé pour transporter des emigrants. Commandé par «Bully» Forbes, il accomplit, en 1852, la traversée de Liverpool aux champs aurifères de l’Australie en un temps record par la route de «quarantièmes rugissants», au nord de l’Antarctique. Il transportait de bois vers l’Angleterre lorsqu’on l’échoua dans un tempête à Cavendish (Île-du- Prince-Édouard), en 1883.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board marker series.
Location. 45° 16.375′ N, 66° 3.76′ W. Marker is in Saint John, New Brunswick, in Saint John County. Marker is on Market Square near Chipman Hill, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Market Square, Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 1E8, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scottish Strength (within shouting distance of this marker); Centerbeam Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Prince William Street - Before and After the 1877 Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); The Landing of the Loyalists (within shouting distance of this marker); First Steam Fog Horn (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); First Marine Compound Engine (about 150 meters away); The Great Fire of 1877/L’incendie de 1877 (about 180 meters away); New Brunswick’s First School of Law (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint John.
More about this marker. This marker is in front of City Hall.
Also see . . . Historical facts on the Marco Polo. The Marco Polo's unique design, superb construction and legendary prowess promoted Canadian shipbuilding around the world, after her records Canada – Saint John – became one of the world's foremost shipbuilders. (Submitted on September 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. 4. submitted on September 27, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.