Zebrina (ship)

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Name: Zebrina
Laid down: 1873
Status: Broken up
General characteristics
Class and type: schooner-rigged, 3-masted sailing barge
Tons burthen: 189

Zebrina (/zəˈbrnə/) was a schooner-rigged, three-masted sailing barge, of 189 tons, built in 1873 at Whitstable, originally intended to trade on the River Plate in South America. She was discovered aground on the coast of France in October 1917 with her crew missing.

The Zebrina sailed from Falmouth in October 1917, commanded by Captain Martin, with a cargo of Swansea coal for Saint-Brieuc, France. Two days later, she was found ashore on Rozel Point, south of Cherbourg, without damage except for some disarrangement of her rigging, but without her crew.[1]

At the time, her crew was assumed to have been taken off by a Unterseeboot preparatory to the submarine sinking the vessel by gunfire. The U-boat presumably sighted, or was sighted by, an Allied vessel and departed the scene before she could sink the Zebrina, and was later sunk herself with the crew of the Zebrina aboard.[2]

The case is often referenced in popular books about mysterious disappearances, where her destination is commonly misprinted as Saint Brieux, and she was claimed to have been found adrift.[3][4]

The final resting place of Zebrina was Velder Creek (an inlet of Langstone Harbour) in Portsmouth.


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  2. ^ Carr, George Griffith (1971). Sailing Barges. Conway Maritime Press. p. 127.
  3. ^ Begg, Paul (1979). Into Thin Air: People Who Disappear. England: Newton Abbot. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-7153-7724-6. OCLC 6160803.
  4. ^ Marshall, Richard (1982). Mysteries of the unexplained. Pleasantville, New York: Reader's Digest Association. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-89577-146-9. OCLC 10605367.
  • Masters, David (1936). When Ships Go Down: More Wonders of Salvage. Eyre & Spottiswoode.