The mountain named for Sir Edward Sabine (1788-1883), army officer and physicist who sailed on Ross and Parry's Arctic voyages in 1818-21.
'Janry the 11th at two o'clock on Monday Morning, we discovered Victoria Land the Morning was beautiful and clear. at 7 o'clock in the afternoon we were under the Lee of the land sounded 250 fathoms of water -- not a cloud to be seen in the firmament, but what lingered on the mountains -- Large floating islands of ice in all directions. Hills vallies and Low Land all covered with snow. The snow topd. mountains Majestically Rising above the Clouds. The Pinguins Gamboling in the water the reflection of the Sun and the Brilliancy of the firmament Made the Rare Sight an interesting View. That night we stood off from the land, we did not Loose sight of it for the Sun was high above the Horizon at midnight as it would be in England on christmas day. While we were in these distant Regions we had no night I mean dark.' (Cornelius Sullivan, blacksmith on Erebus, quoted in M.J.Ross, Ross in the Antarctic, Whitby, 1982, pp.84-5)