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SABRINA (20) Built in 1806, Chapel.
Sold in 1816.

  • 1807 E. KITTOE, to the Mediterranean on 14 January.
  • 1808 Ditto, to South America.
  • 1811 James TILLARD, 02/1810, Lisbon.
    On the 16 June 1811 SABRINA, being on a cruise off the Azores, saw two columns of smoke rising from the sea to the north of the island of St. Michael (Sao Miguel).
    Thinking that it might be an action they made all sail towards it but were prevented by the wind dying away, however they soon realised that it must be a volcano.
    On the 18th. they approached as close as safety permitted and could see the mouth of the crater just appearing above the surface of the sea with large stones, cinders and ash being thrown into the air.
    This in an area where the depth of water had been 40 fathoms.
    They christened it Sabrina Island.
    Three hours later the crater was 30 feet above the surface and the following day it was 50 feet high and two-thirds of a mile in length.
    Water spouts, drawn up by the hot smoke, produced rainstorms which covered SABRINA's decks in a fine black sand although she was three or four miles away.
  • They did not return to the new island until the 4 July when they found that it was possible to land and, with difficulty, they climbed to the top of a 200 foot peak, planted the Union flag and took possession in the name of his Britannic Majesty.
    Because of the hot ash they were glad to leave.
    The island was now two to three miles in circumference with a pool of boiling water from which a stream ran into the sea.
  • The new island was a hazard to navigation and several vessels reported close encounters.
    By December the island had submerged leaving a shoal some mile and half from the shore.
    Its latitude was given as 37deg.
    52' 30" north.
  • SABRINA returned to England calling first at Torbay then leaving for Portsmouth on the 28 September.
  • 1812 A. R.M'KENZIE, Lisbon.
  • 1814-15 ditto, North of Spain.
  • 1816 Portsmouth.

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