So it was that on the 26th of December 1852, just 76 days out of Melbourne, and 5 months 21 days after starting out in Liverpool. Stretched between her fore and main masts was a giant banner snapping in the breeze. On it, painted in bold letters, for all of Liverpool to see was the proclamation "Fastest Ship in the World". The MARCO POLO was the first ship to circumnavigate the world in less than six months (5 months and 24 days).
Thousands of people came to see this New Brunswick-built ship
as she lay in the Salthouse dock, to stare with wonderment at her towering
masts and massive hull. For here was history in the making. Here was the ship
that had knocked the thrones from under every queen of the seas. This was the
MARCO POLO. Queen of Queens, the ship that had shrunk the world by making it
less than six months round.