Several months later, she emerged from the dock refitted as a luxurious passenger vessel, a lady destined to become Queen, resplendant in her newly acquired finery of maple panelling, crimson velvet upholstery, stained glass doors, and circular glass hatchlights.

Newly fitted for passengers
Nicol "Bully" Forbes

   On Sunday, the 4th of July 1852, under the command of James Nicol "Bully" Forbes from Aberdeen, Scotland, she set sail; bound for Melbourne with 930 passengers and 60 crew. As he walked the decks of his ship, Captain Forbes could feel the stirring within her as she sped away from the land and he knew that in the high southern latitudes, when squared away before the sweeping gales which blew strong and true from the west day after day, this magnificent ship would fly.

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