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Asgard II, News on Ireland's Sail Training Ship
Glory days. Asgard II at her best in a Tall Ships Parade in the Baltic in company with the Russian government’s Shtandart, a replica of a warship built by Peter the Great in the early 1700s.
As we move into March each year, throughout Ireland Tall Ships enthusiasts will wistfully recall that it was in March 1981 that Ireland finally commissioned her own Tall Ship, a national flagship worthy of our aspirations, the Jack Tyrrell-designed and…
Artist Brian Byrnes and Maedhbh Murphy, archivist of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, with the artist’s new painting envisaging how Sir Thomas Myles’ Chotah, one of the Irish gun-running vessels of 1914, might have looked with a steam-driven auxiliary engine fitted. Sir Thomas Myles was President of the RCSI from 1900 to 1902
The Erskine Childers-led Howth and Wicklow gun-runnings of July 1914 took place so quickly and efficiently that those involved ashore only had fleeting glimpses of the boats involved. Although Erskine & Molly Childers’ historic ketch Asgard is now conserved and…
After the publication of the MCIB investigation report into the sinking of Asgard II the dive team lead by Eoin McGarry have released further photos of the wreck, showing different aspects of the boat including new shots of the hole…
High Praise for Captain and Crew of 'Asgard II'
The Captain and the of Asgard II are highly praised for their professionalism in today's publication of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board's report of the investigation into the loss of the sail training vessel "Asgard II". The impact assumption and…
Collision with Submerged Container Most Likely Cause of Asgard II Sinking - Report
This morning's report into the sinking of Asgard II will indicate that collision with an underwater object such as a submerged container was the likely cause of the ship sinking. The final report of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board into…
Asgard II Accident Report Due in Two Weeks
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report of the investigation in to the sinking of Asgard II will be published in the next two weeks, two years after the ship sank off the French coast. The Irish Times has more…
Asgard Artifacts Welcomed Back to Ireland
Artifacts recovered from the wreck of Asgard II some 20 miles off the French coast last week were welcomed home in Ireland last night by campaigners who wants to see the national sail training programme reinstated. Dive leader Eoin McGarry from…
Asgard Artefacts Come to the Surface
A team of Irish Divers has brought to the surface items from the wrecked hull of the Sail training Vessel Asgard II. Photographs of the dive team with the ships wheel and bell are below. The Sail training organisation Coiste…
Coiste an Asgard Statement
What follows is a press statement from Coiste an Asgard regarding the divers who retrieved items from the wreck of the Asgard II "The wreck of Asgard II is lying on the sea-bed, 21 miles from the French Island of…
Asgard Divers Spark Salvage Controversy (w/ Podcast)
A team of divers, including a member of the Garda Siochana, who removed items from the wreck of the Asgard II have become embroiled in a maritime law controversy. The team faced questioning by French police yesterday and may also…
Container may have sunk Asgard II
There has been no conclusive decision on what sunk the Asgard II, a draft report has shown, but all evidence points to a collision with a cargo container on September 11, 2008, the morning that it sank. Lorna Siggins has…
A survey of the wreck of Asgard II has recently been carried out in order to establish her condition. Asgard II Campaign 'Disappointed'
The campaign to save Asgard II has said it is “disappointed but not surprised” at the Government’s decision to abandon the national sail training programme in the Budget, writes Lorna Siggins in the Irish Times. The decision to abolish Coiste…
Asgard - an unhappy anniversary
A year after Asgard II sank Tom MacSweeney's RTE One Seascapes programme last Friday night featured the unhappy anniversary of the sinking of the National Sail Training Vessel. A programme podcast is here and the Asgard story is the first…
Department of Defence: Statement on Asgard
The weekend statement from the Dept of Defence: The Minister for Defence approved a recommendation from the Board of Coiste an Asgard not to proceed with the salvage operation and instead to commence planning for a replacement vessel. The €3.8…
Asgard - replacement postponed
On the eve of the international Tall Ships race festival in Belfast – in which Asgard II had been a regular participant – the Department of Defence has said that it is considering postponing plans for a replacement of Ireland's…

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