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SENSATIONAL TRIP OF THE YACHT SAIDE.



The following graphic account, given by Mr. Millar (owner of the yacht), of the accident on board his yacht Saide, is taken from the West Australian Newspaper : —

The Saide left Bunbury for Fremantle at seven o'clock on Tuesday evening, the weather being somewhat fresh. The gale of the previous few days had raised a confused high cross sea, the wind coming up from the north-west. The yacht went out under steam, to gain an offing, and by 10 o'clock it was blowing a strong gale, and the sea was running mountains high. It was found necessary to send out two men on the jibboom to secure the outer jib, and Satow, who was one of them, was suddenly washed off by a heavy sea. The other man just saved himself from the same experience by jumping up and clinging to the foretopmast stay. Immediately the dread cry, ' Man overboard ' was raised, and Captain McDonald, who was on the bridge, threw a life-buoy to Satow, who, I should say, was dressed in oilskin coat and sea boots. He was, however, a good swimmer, and managed to keep himself goingtill the buoy was thrown to him, and very luckily to catch it.

The engines were immediately stopped and the captain gave the order for a boat to be manned. It was a terribly wild, dark night, a mountainous sea running, whilst the wind whistled and shrieked through the rigging. But this did not deter the brave hearts who went to the rescue of the poor Japanese, battling some distance off for dear life with the dark and stormy waters. The cheery voice of the chief officer, Mr. J. Ferguson, was to be heard crying out 'Come on, lads,' a summons obeyed with alacrity, and he and two seamen jumped into the dingey, the smallest boat, but the quickest to be lowered in such an emergency. Soon they were cast loose, but before getting clear of the yacht's side the boat was almost shattered.

Nothing daunted the brave fellows pulled away in her to the rescue of a man whose peril was only equalled by their own. They pulled in the direction where every now and then the cries of Satow
could be heard borne upon the wind. The task of finding him, picking him up, and returning, took 20 minutes, and these seemed hours to those anxiously waiting on board for there were now four lives in imminent peril. At last suddenly loomed through the darkness and drift the little cockle shell sometimes buried from sight in the trough the three men pulling for their dear lives.

Soon, now, she came alongside, and gladly we heard the sound of Ferguson's manly voice shouting, 'Have lines ready,' but our hearts sank again when he added, 'The boat is sinking ; show a light. The bowline was quickly over the side, and Satow was the first
to be attached to it and hauled aboard. The three rescuers were by this time in the water themselves, two clinging to one line, the third to another, as the boat, shattered to pieces, sank to the bottom. But they were brave and strong and stout of heart, and to our joy were soon safely on deck. Satow was all the worse for his long immersion and the terrible strain and anxiety which he had endured,
and was taken to an after cabin, where it needed much rubbing and brandy to restore him to his usual self, and, in fact, life. The next morning in the course of conversation over the incident, I asked him if he was very frightened, to which he replied, 'Oh, yes; me too much oilskin and sea boot, no could swim, think must die.' But Satow is a good man and cool, and those who rescued him were brave men and true. I have seen many cool and plucky things done, but none more so than this. Ferguson and Davies, two of the rescuers, are colonials, the third man is a Norwegian.

Notes:
My Great Grandfather Capt Colin McDonald commanded the steam yacht Saide for Approximately 5 years and became a great friend of the owner (his final son's middle name was Millar). At the time Saide was rigged as a topsail schooner.

The Steam Yacht Saide was a true yacht in every sense of the word, not one of the sail boats this term is used for these days.

Official Number​
Date​
Builder​
Tonnage​
L​
B​
D​
Fate​
81984​
1882​
Ramage & Ferguson, Leith, UK​
383​
142.8​
24.7​
13.4​
Unknown​

 

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Many thanks. Good read! Yes, a beautiful yacht and far away from what we see as 'yachts' today. Most would not rate 1 out of 10!
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Many thanks. Good read! Yes, a beautiful yacht and far away from what we see as 'yachts' today. Most would not rate 1 out of 10!
Stephen
She is a beautiful old girl. At some point I will post a description of her appointments, she really must have been a sight to behold. As a yacht registered with the Royal Yacht Squadron she was permitted to wear the RN white Ensign, she even carried a Maxim gun on her stern.
 

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The 2nd. Engineer was also brave and strong, and frequently shrieked through the rigging in a cheery voice.
Haw haw. They wouldn't have made it but for the bosun singing "Blow the man down bullies" heartily. Wonder if that wind was the Fremantle doctor later to become much beloved by cricket commentators.

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Haw haw. They wouldn't have made it but for the bosun singing "Blow the man down bullies" heartily. Wonder if that wind was the Fremantle doctor later to become much beloved by cricket commentators.

John T
Think it was a tad stronger than the Doctor, some reports of the day claim hurricane force winds. It would appear that the vessel put back into Bunbury the same day to wait out the storm.
 

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UPDATE:
Further research has gleaned the following from "The Field" of the 27th of October 1894:

Rewards for bravery.-The medal of the Royal Humane Society has been conferred upon Norman Furguson, Mate of the Saide, s.s., which is now at Southampton, and Charles Coldstadt and Herbert L. Davies, able seamen, for saving the life of a Japanese seamen belonging to the yacht, who fell overboard during a heavy gale on the west coast of Australia on September 12, 1993. The conduct of these men was brought before the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York during the Royal Yacht Squadron week at Cowes, with the result that the facts were placed before the Royal Humane Society, who, as above stated, have awarded them their medal.
 
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