Saunterer under sail


Saunterer is a yawl built by Charles Sibbick & Co of Cowes and launched in 1900. Her dimensions are LOA 47′ (60′ inc spars), LWL 35′ 6″, Beam 10′ 4 “, and Draft 7′ 1”. Her first owner, Mr J Simpson, sold her to Capt.Lawrence Edward Grace (“Titus”) Oates, who perished in 1912 on the ill fated Terra Nova Expedition to Antarctica under the command of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott.

She came onto the RNYC Register in the 1920s in the ownership of Thos Belt, the proprietor of a rope and canvas business in the Bigg Market, Newcastle upon Tyne. Some of his escapades are recounted in RNYC History The First Hundred Years. Subsequent owners included the Kayll family from Sunderland, and the Sutherlands of Monkseaton in Whitley Bay.

In 2009 ownership passed to Guy Cottam and Chloe Savage of Dartmouth. They have restored her beautifully and have a website Saunterer dedicated to this magnificent vessel.

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