The Marco Polo at full sail

Marco Polo Project Saint John New Brunswick

The Marco Polo Chronicles

    We have received the Captain's Report which we append with pleasure. Our readers will find it even more than generally interesting.

Ladies and Gentlemen

    You will, I doubt not excuse the abrightness and brevity with which I address you.
    I have had little time to devote to the pen beyond what is absolutely necessary on the duties of my station but I cannot deny myself the pleasure of saying a few words to you through the column of the Chronicle.
    Since the date of my last report we have made extraordinary progress as a glimpse at the Table of Lattitudes and Longditudes I furnish will at once enable you to perceive.
    I hope you are now sufficiently accustomed to the sea to be able to keep your legs in any weather. You will require all your new gotten skills in the next fortnight.
    We may expect strong winds and heavy seas with severe cold for a week or two. The thermometer stands now at 58 a few days in all probability bring it down to 40.
    I would therefore ernestly advise you to adjust your clothing carefully to the weather.
   It is of the utmost importance that you keep yourselves warmly clad, as otherwise the sudden transition from extreme heat to extreme cold may be seriously injurious.
   I feel confident you will appreciate the necessity of the preparation I refer to.
   It is a source of heartfelt pleasure to congratulate you on the healthy state of all on board, I consider this fact peculiarly flattering to the Medical gentleman of the Ship, as well as fortunate for yourselves ' - A few weeks more of careful forethought and you will I trust have reached your destination without one casualty or case of serious illness on the voyage.
   I hope you will enable me to record this remarkable fact in Australian Navigation.
   You will I daresay be grateful to learn that we are now in the Westerly trades and may look with confidence to our progress for some days.
   We crossed the Meridium of Greenwich on Thursday and we are now in the Indian Ocean.
    During these days from Tuesday noon we have made upwards of a thousand miles.
    From Tuesday to Wednesday noon, we made 306 miles, from Wednesday to Thursday noon we made 330 miles, and from Thursday to Friday noon we made 366 miles and we are still dashing onwards in our best style.
    It appears very evident that our voyage will be one of the shortest ever made to the Australian Colonies by a sailing vessel.
    I cannot conclude my remarks without expressing a hope that your observances of the customary festivities of Christmas will be tempered by that prudence and Sobriety which have marked your conduct throughout the voyage, and wishing you all a Merry Christmas, I remain with hearty good will, yours very truly,

Chas. Mc Donnell Commander
Marco Polo 24/12/53

Table of Lattitude and Longditude, continued fromnour last.



Sunday – Dec.18
Monday – Dec.19
Tuesday – Dec.20
Wednesday – Dec.21
Thursday – Dec.22
Friday – Dec.23
Saturday – Dec.24

32 .....11' ....."S
33 .......3' .....40"
36 .....20' .....20"
37 .....32' .....10"
39 .....32' .....""
41 .....40' .....10"
44 ......9' .....-
15 ..... 53' ..... 45 W
14 ..... 17' ..... 20"
10 ..... 56' ..... 10"
6... .....30' ..... 45"
2.. ..... 31' ..... 30"
3 ....... 4' ....... 5 E
8 ..... 43'.. ..... -

To the Editor of the Marco Polo Chronicle

    If not intruding too much on your columns, you will oblige by inserting the following notice, which evidently proceeds from certain talented gentlemen with some wild oats still on him, and the joke of a moment with them, may, if preserved in the Chronicle tend to their permanent improvement, as I am certain no advice could be more applicable, I am ye Edward Wild


    Passengers are requested not to sow any wild oats on the "Marco Polo" Anyone disobeying will be punished most seriously.

By order of Captain Wild R.W.

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