Someone once said that for there to be life there must be death. Watching on the shore of Cavendish that July day stood a young girl who later entered a story in a national essay competition. The story she entered was entitled "The Wreck of the MARCO POLO", which won first prize and launched her on a writing career. Some might dismiss it as a mere coincidence, but the fact remains that the death of a great lady of the seas gave birth to the writing life of a great lady of Canadian literature. For that little girl was Lucy Maud Montgomery, who went on to write "ANNE OF GREEN GABLES".

A little girl watches from shore...
Rev. James Buck

   Did the legend end off Cavendish that day, or does it live on? Perhaps we should not simply say THE END, for will the MARCO POLO be forgotten? Indeed, should the MARCO POLO be forgotten? Therefore, let us say that it merely concludes this chapter in the legend of the MARCO POLO, and leave the closing words to Rev. James Buck, of Liverpool, England, who said in one of his sermons: "Some ships, like men, seem as though they would not and could not be forgotten. The public is never allowed to forget their names or their deeds. Such a ship is the MARCO POLO."

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