Other Captains followed, such as James Clarke of New Brunswick, and still her records were the talk of sailors around the world.
   Little by little, however, wind and sea began to take their toll. But although her outer skin was starting to show the lines and creases of age, that youthful spirit still lingered in her heart. For with head held high and proud as befits the Queen she was, her last voyage to Australia and back in 1867 finished as her first, 15 years and thousands of passengers later, 76 days from Melbourne to Liverpool.
    She had been a leader and become a legend.

Captain James Clarke
Respect of sailors the world over.

    To the very end, even though she had joined the ranks of the lowly trampers, carrying whatever cargo the owners could secure for her, from guano to coal and timber, she still commanded the respect of sailors the world over. Whenever she was sighted, they would line the rails and raise a salute to this grand old lady of the seas. But with the passing of each year, and with every voyage weakening her already fragile body, the sailors knew that soon they would be raising the last salute.

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