Marco Polo Queen of the Seas

Born in April 1851 in Saint John, NB – died in July 1883 in Cavendish, PEI. About 3 times the size of the Bluenose, the fastest sailing ship of its era got stuck for 2 weeks shortly after being launched. Christened as a cargo ship, her maiden voyage from New Brunswick to Liverpool, England only took 15 days. In June 1852, the Marco Polo was converted to a passenger ship. That September, because of a measles epidemic, 52 children on board lost their lives. In 1858, the ship names “Eastern City” caught fire and the Marco Polo saved all the passengers and crew near the cape of Good Hope. In 1861, a collision with an iceberg south of Cape Horn caused considerable damage but she survived. On Canada’s birth date in 1867, the Marco Polo was converted back to general cargo. After years of plying the oceans, the queen of the seas, Marco Polo, came to her final resting place just 900 feet off shore near Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island. She had sprung a bad leak and the captain had no choice but to ground her to save the crew and cargo.
Other facts: The wreck site of the Marco Polo is a federally protected site – only 1 of 2 sites in the country. A complement of music has been composed about this large sailing ship, also a musical and a play. Lucy Maud Montgomery, the writer of Anne of Green Gables, wrote an essay about the Marco Polo’s last days. The great ship Marco Polo will always be remembered. Visit Anne’s Windy Poplars Cottage Resort which is only a 5 minute drive from this ship’s final resting place.

Anne of Green Gables – Fictional or Real

Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables says the “Anne” character in her famous book was not a real person but many believe the story was based on a real child who arrived in Cavendish a few years earlier. This child’s name was Ellen and she arrived in Cavendish in 1892 under similar circumstances as Anne of Green Gables. She was adopted by Pierce and Rachel MacNeil as a 3 year old. Pierce and Rachel had asked for a boy but received a girl. Ellen was a “home child” orphan from England and her new parents lived across from what is now Green Gables House. Ellen often visited the post office which was operated by Rachel’s Aunt Lucy Woolner MacNeil and her granddaughter Lucy Maud Montgomery who helped out at the post office. Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote her book Anne of Green Gables around 1904 and it was published in 1908. There were other similarities which made many people believe “Anne” was at least partly based on this young girl Ellen. Stay at Anne’s Windy Poplars Cottage Resort and ask to read the book named “Ellen”.

Amazing honeymoon! We’ll be back for sure, every year on our Anniversary! Thanks so much.
Grand lake, NS
Boys (father and sons) golf weekend-awesome facility, we’ll recommend to our family and friends. Many thanks for helping make it a great weekend!
Golf weekend
What an amazing place! Had a wonderful vacation, hate to leave but can’t wait to come back.
We had a wonderful time here. Our cottage was great – provided for many wonderful memories of PEI.
US guests
We really enjoyed our stay at Anne’s – very comfortable sleeps. Enjoyed the pool and the fact we were a little further away from the “Cavendish Strip”. We’ll be back someday.
Ontario Family
Thank you for a wonderful five days.
Ontario Guests
It was nice and great experience staying here at Anne’s Windy Poplars. We defiantly will come again. Thank you!
Maine Folks
Wow! Amazing! What a refreshing experience. Great people, from management and stay to the other guests. Great pool and hot tubs, we have a “top shelf” vacation!
A wonderful weekend – our 30th anniversary! Beautiful setting – terrific service.
Thanks for the great honeymoon. We’ll be back in the years to come.