The activities of The Saunterer Trust are centred on the UK heritage yacht “Saunterer”, which was built by Charles Sibbick in 1900 and which is based in the United Kingdom. Described in Yachtsman Magazine in the year she was launched as a “fast cruiser”, Saunterer is one of very few Sibbick yachts still in commission today, and is in original condition following ongoing maintenance and restoration throughout her long history. She has her original frames, hull and deck timbers from 1900 and her spars from the 1930s, and in 2010 had her original main hatch and companionway design reinstated.
In the 1900’s Saunterer was owned by Captain L.E.G Oates of Gestingthorpe Hall, Castle Hedingham, Essex, whose various adventures on board he recalled during his ill-fated trip to Antarctica in 1911-1912. She maintains important links with charitable, military and yachting organisations.
Alongside her ongoing restoration, Saunterer is operated and managed by The Saunterer Trust in her working life – and this ongoing work is centred on promoting the maritime heritage of the United Kingdom, supporting and expanding Saunterer’s constituency of related organisations and charities through raising awareness by wearing their flags at sea with permission, and promoting visits to the vessel and building up the Saunterer Trust archive.
Saunterer’s constituency of charities and related organisations presently includes:
She is entered in the The National Historic Ships Register, and the Register of British Ships.
The Saunterer Trust is seeking to build up an archive of documents and photographs showing her unique history, comprising records and personal recollections of those who have connections with her, or who have known her or sailed in her, during her long life.
Saunterer is of important maritime historical significance and has a heritage of service. This is now being built up for the benefit of charities and related organisations. Now that her restoration is complete (mid-2017) Saunterer represents an innovative and active channel through which to raise awareness of charities and affiliated organisations of all types.