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Asgard II, News on Ireland's Sail Training Ship
A Parliamentary Question (QUESTION NO: 132) from David Stanton TD today asked the Minister for Defence about his plans to proceed with a salvage operation on the Asgard II; and if he will make a statement on the matter. The…
Jimmy Crowley's song about the sailing ship Asgard II, My Love is a Tall Ship, was adopted as an anthem for sailors everywhere and was used in the documentary film on the Tall Ships’ Race made by RTE. Now it's…
Afloat magazine readers voted overwhelmingly for the Asgard to be lifted in an online poll. Disappointingly, three months on, she remains at the bottom of the sea. Now in February 2009, Afloat have opened an online petition to provide a…
Fine Gael Defence Spokesman, Jimmy Deenihan TD, warned yesterday (Wednesday) that the delay in raising the Asgard II is endangering the chances of the ship being salvageable. Deeinhan called on the Minister for Defence to immediately outline what advice the…
A plan to raise Asgard II, which is lying at the bottom of the sea off the French coast, will be presented to the cabinet before Christmas, The Sunday Times reported this week. Willie O'Dea, the defence minister, hopes to…
Tenders are being sought to salvage the sail training ship, Asgard II, from the seabed off the northwest coast of France. The Minister of Defence is expected to make an announcement about the possible raising of the wooden hull in…
So many people were affected by the sinking of the Asgard it's easy to understand how so many feel much more than a vessel was lost last month. Following reader requests is compiling Asgard memories for the website. Here…
The possibility of salvage of the sail training vessel Asgard II has been improved with the discovery that the hull is ‘largely intact’ and upright on the seabed in the Bay of Biscay.
Ireland has always punched well above its weight on the Sail Training circuit. The reasons for this were the qualities of Asgard II and its crew rather than Ireland's reputation as a nation of seafarers. It would be a great…
"She was probably the only man-made object that I came across that had a personality, had a soul." That's how Capt Tom McCarthy, a former skipper of the Asgard II, described Ireland's only sail training vessel. His was just one…
There have been further calls from around the country to echo yesterday's Irish Marine Federation (IMF) suggestion that the Jeanie Johnston replace Asgard II as a sail training ship, if only on a temporary basis. In a number of articles…
Q: Do I need to be able to swim?A: No it is not necessary to be able to swim but it may make you feel more comfortable while at sea if you can.
An organisation representing marine trade interests has called on Government to approach the owners of Ireland's two other Tall ships to fill the role of Asgard. The state's sole sail training brigantine sank off the French coast yesterday leaving the…
The Irish Government and French authorities are piecing together the last hours of the state owned Asgard II after she sank en route to La Rochelle yesterday. Although she sank in deep water 20 miles off the French coast but…

Why did Asgard sink?

11th September 2008 Asgard II
There is mounting speculation over what led to the loss of the Asgard II in the Bay of Biscay early this morning.
Ireland's most famous sail training vessel, the Asgard II, has sunk off the coast of France. The five crew and 20 trainees on board abandoned ship early this morning after issuing distress calls last night. It is not yet know…
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