A Portfolio of the Artist Leonard J Pearce


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The Artist


America’s Cup Races    Animals & Nature    Clippers & Packet Ships    Naval & Exploration    Passenger Vessels    People & Places    Sculpture

Pilot Boats & Tugs    Ports & Harbors    Schooner Yachts Racing    Schooner Yacht Portraits    Small Craft    Whalers & Fishing Boats    Yachts


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Clippers & Packet Ships

‘Marco Polo’                                                                        (click on the image to return to the previous page)

A three-decker, she was built expressly for the passenger trade and, as such, was well appointed for that purpose.

Her lines were particularly fine for and aft, with an entrance and run well conceived.

No pains were spared in her construction to secure thorough ventilation.

Registered tonnage 1625 but her burthen (tonnage) in excess of 2000 tonnes.

Built in Canada and launched in 1851, she was subsequently acquired by James Baines for his black ball line of packet ships to Australia.

At this time of emigration to Australia by sail in 1851, the journey time took between 100 and 120 days. It was considered that this could not be bettered until steam power would be developed more efficiently to reduce the voyage time.

The scene I have painted depicts her arrival on the Mersey in Liverpool at the end of a record run.

The hull was painted at this time with the appearance of gun ports to deter pirates.