HMS Sabrina (1806)

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HMS Sabrina
Volcano in the Sea, as seen from His Majesty's Ship Sabrina, off the Azores, June 19th, 1811, by Lt John William Miles
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Sabrina
Ordered: 12 July 1805
Builder: Robert Adams, Chapel, Southampton
Laid down: December 1805
Launched: 1 September 1806
Completed: 30 November 1806 at Portsmouth Dockyard
Commissioned: September 1806
Out of service: Sold 18 April 1816
General characteristics
Class and type: 18-gun Cormorant-class sloop
Tons burthen: 426 42/94 bm
Length: 108 ft 3 in (33.0 m) (overall)
90 ft 7 in (27.6 m) (keel)
Beam: 29 ft 9 in (9.1 m)
Depth of hold: 9 ft 0.5 in (2.76 m)
Sail plan: Ship
Complement: 121
Armament: Upper deck:
  • Sixteen 32-pdr carronades
Quarter deck:
  • Six 18-pdr carronades
  • Two 6-pdr long guns
  • Two 18-pdr carronades

HMS Sabrina was an 18-gun Royal Navy ship-sloop of the Cormorant class, launched in 1806 at Southampton and sold in 1816.


The Cormorant class was designed by Sir William Rule and Sir John Henslow as 16-gun ship-sloops. The first batch, ordered in 1793 was armed with 6-pounder long guns, but Sabrina was one of the second batch ordered in 1805, and carried 32-pounder carronades instead. In 1810 she was reclassed as a 20-gun sixth rate ship, and again re-rated as 24 guns in 1816, just before she was broken up. Under the rating system of the day her number of guns could be largely nominal (in this case the number of long guns she would have carried had she been so-armed); the re-rating included her carronades in the total and did not involve any actual change to her armament. She was of 426 tons (Builder's Old Measurement) and carried a crew of 121 men.

Operational Service


In 1807 under the command of Commander E Kittoe she served in the Mediterranean, and in 1808, under the same captain, in South America.[1]

Sabrina Island

During June and July of 1811 a volcanic eruption in the sea formed a new island off São Miguel Island. Captain Tillard of Sabrina went ashore on 4 July[1] and claimed the island for Great Britain, naming it Sabrina Island. After considerable diplomatic wrangling the island subsided into the sea a few months later.[2]

Spain and Portugal

From 1812 to 1815 under the command of Commander A R M'Kenzie she served off the coast of Spain and Portugal, supporting the Peninsular War.[1]


Sabrina was sold on 18 April 1816 at Portsmouth.


  • British Warships in the Age of Sail: 1793-1817, Rif Winfield, Seaforth Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-1-84415-717-4.