Abana (barque)

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Abana, wrecked at Blackpool.
BuilderBuilt at New Brunswick, Canada
In service1874
  • Canada Saint John, New Brunswick (1874– )
  • Norway Norway ( –1894)
FateWrecked 22 December 1894
General characteristics
Tonnage1,257 tons
Sail planBarque

The Abana was a sailing barque wrecked at Blackpool in England on 22 December 1894.


Abana was built at Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada in 1874.[1] She was originally homeported at Saint John, New Brunswick. By 1894, she was flying the Norwegian flag.


The Abana was sailing from Liverpool to Savannah, Georgia when she was caught in a storm in the Irish Sea. She was spotted at 3 pm drifting in a northwesterly direction with her sails torn to shreds. The crew mistook Blackpool Tower for a lighthouse and the ship was first spotted foundering at North Pier, and ended up drifting north and was wrecked off Little Bispham at 5 pm. Flares were fired and the lifeboat was called out. The alarm was raised by the landlord of the Cleveleys Hotel. Due to the weather conditions, the Blackpool lifeboat Samuel Fletcher had to be taken some 7 miles (11 km) overland to Bispham before it could be launched. The lifeboat had a crew of 16, and the Abana had a crew of 17, all of whom were taken on board along with the ship's dog, which belonged to Captain Danielson. The lifeboat grounded on a sandbank whilst returning to shore, but some of the crew members pushed the boat afloat and they managed to reach shore safely. All were taken to the Red Lion Inn to recover from their ordeal. The ship's bell and dog were given to the landlord of the Cleveleys Hotel, who had raised the alarm.[1][2][3]

The remains of the Abana can still be seen at low tide at Little Bispham[4] and the ship's bell hangs in St. Andrew's Church in Cleveleys.[2] On 31 January 2008, the Riverdance beached within sight of the remains of the Abana.


  1. ^ a b "Fylde Post Card History: THE ABANA WRECKED 22nd DECEMBER 1894 OFF NORBRECK". rossallbeach.co.uk. Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  2. ^ a b Fleming, Craig (5 February 2008). "The Fylde coast - A graveyard for ships". Blackpool Gazette. Archived from the original on 10 February 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  3. ^ "Panoramio". Archived from the original on 5 July 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  4. ^ "'The Abana - Shipwrecked 1894' on Panoramio". Archived from the original on 5 July 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.