Built in 1675, the HMS Sapphire was a 32-gun frigate that became the first command of celebrated English naval officer Sir Cloudesley Shovell (later to be named Admiral of the Flet in the British Royal Navy).

In September 1696, then captained by Thomas Cleasby, the Sapphire was trapped by French ships in Bay Bulls Harbour off the coast of Newfoundland. Fearing she would be captured, the English scuttled the vessel and fled to land.

(Cloudesley Shovell is the greatest name in the English language. I'll fight anyone who says otherwise. -V.)

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