The rise of Sabrina
LEGEND HAS IT that the River Severn is named after Sabrina, who haunts the waterway after meeting an unfortunate end.
Now a new Sabrina has emerged after a full restoration at the National Waterways Museum in Gloucester. Built in 1944, for the Ministry of War Transport, Sabrina 5 was one of six barges used to carry cargos of copper, zinc, steel, aluminium and food from Avonmouth up country until the 1960s. Now, after a full restoration costing £350,000 including a £ 230,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund Sabrina 5 is beginning a new chapter as a fully equipped space for learning, private hire and museum visitors.