She continued to ply the Atlantic, this time under the command of Captain Amos Crosby from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, carrying cotton from Mobile Alabama to Liverpool. Captain Crosby was so enamoured of his magnificent command that he commissioned a portrait of her upon which he could forever gaze with pride.

Painting of the Marco Polo commissioned by Capt. Amos Crosby
Painting from the Yarmouth County Museum

James Baines

   The year 1852 was to mark the ladys' coming of age. For gold had been discovered in Australia and enterprising Liverpool ship owners were seeking vessels with an eye to turning a profit from carrying passengers to the land of opportunity.
    One such owner was James Baines, of the Black Ball Line of Australian Packets. In the MARCO POLO, he saw the potential for her to become not only the Queen of his fleet but the Queen of the Seas, leading his company down the road to a tremendous fortune.

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