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The Story of The Lost Anchor

The Marco Polo, renowned for speed, was a tall ship, launched in 1851 at St. John, NB. In 1883, during a hurricane, the ship sank off the shores of Cavendish. The disaster unfolded in front of PEI novelist, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s childhood home. The town was transformed by the presence of the crew, all of which survived, and the ship’s captain, Fredrick Martin, stayed with Lucy Maud and her grandparents. These events ignited Lucy Maud’s passion for storytelling, and her first exposure to a national audience, was a report she wrote, describing the shipwreck. The ship itself, remained lost at sea until 1960, when a local fisherman discovered it, and along with it, the Marco Polo’s LOST ANCHOR!