And fly she did. For at 11 a.m. on the 18th of September, 1852, just 76 days after leaving Liverpool, the MARCO POLO proudly sailed through Port Phillips Head and into Melbourne. By comparison, previous voyages had taken 100 to 120 days. As Forbes had predicted, while running the southern latitudes, she had covered 1344 miles in four days, her best day's run being 364 miles.

The Voyage Home

   She set sail again, homeward bound for Liverpool, on the 11th of October. Her course lay to the south of New Zealand and across the cold heaving expanse of the Southern Ocean to Cape Horn, that bleak and barren outcrop of rock marking the southernmost tip of South America. Then she headed northwards up through the two Atlantics and the Irish Sea to the River Mersey.

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