In 1852 on her maiden
voyage the Marco Polo, the "fastest ship in the world, made the
round-trip from Liverpool to Melbourne and back, curcumnavigating the
globe in 5 months, 21 days.
The projection used to plot the course of the Marco
Polo, is a globular projection with circles for both meridians, and
parallels. It is similar to Lambert's Azimuthal
Equal-area Projection published by Johann H. Lambert in 1772.