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Tall Ship Astrid Back From the Deep, Dutch Vessel Successfully Raised in Kinsale

10th September 2013
Rig still upright, the defiant Dutch Tall Ship Astrid is drying out tonight after nearly two months underwater. Scroll down for more photos from Erskine Tanner
Tall Ship Astrid Back From the Deep, Dutch Vessel Successfully Raised in Kinsale

#astrid – The Dutch Tall Ship Astrid that ran aground two months ago has been successfully recovered off the Cork coast today. Using specialist lifting equipment brought in from England, the 100– foot steel hull, now safely atop a massive barge, is remarkably intact as the pictures below, taken by Erskine Tanner at Kinsale harbour, show. 

News of the salvage before the arrival of any autumn gales has been warmly greeted. The lift brings an end to the saga for all involved during the rescue of those on board, during her protection while she was on the rocks and in her salvage this week.

A Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report is being prepared into the accident.

The 95-year-old vessel ran aground on to  Rocks off Kinsale two months ago during a photocall for the Irish Sailing Association Gathering Cruise promotion, prompting dramatic scenes as 30 people were rescued from rough seas. The vessel has been resting on the rocks since the grounding on July 24th.

The vessel hit rocks inside the Sovereign Islands at Ballymacus Point, near Kinsale.

The training ship had lost power and was apparently driven on to rocks by a strong southerly wind at the western entrance to Kinsale Harbour. The grounded vessel quickly took on water and these pictures show where the steel hull was holed.


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  • Comment Link Pam SkullyFan 24th October 2013 posted by Pam SkullyFan

    Brendan, Please visit the FaceBook page set up to try to save ASTRID: Rescue Astrid Group/Save a Tall Ship [] The page was organized by friends of Irish musician Skully. One of the friends, Sylvia V. is from the Netherlands and personally knows the [former] owners of Astrid. Sadly, She is in the hands of the insurance companies and salvage is closing in! We need all the help and support we can 'muster'. Thanks you.
    I'm from Massachusetts, myself.

  • Comment Link brendan 15th October 2013 posted by brendan

    Anyone know if she will be repaired or scrapped for steel?

  • Comment Link John 25th September 2013 posted by John

    Having had a short trip on her, some years ago, I too hope that she can be made seaworthy again and sail with the other Tall Ships. Well done in raising her so quickly!

  • Comment Link Kira 23rd September 2013 posted by Kira

    Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your post
    seem to be running off the screen in Opera. I'm not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I thought I'd post to
    let you know. The design look great though! Hope you get the problem resolved soon.
    Many thanks

  • Comment Link Charlie Kavanagh 23rd September 2013 posted by Charlie Kavanagh

    Well done the Dutch. Pity the same couldn't have been done for Asgard II by our limpwristed bureaucrats. The Norwegians lifted their pride and joy, Christiania, from c.300m 4 years after she sank and she was in Kinsale July 2012, sailing again.

  • Comment Link Wim Hermans 19th September 2013 posted by Wim Hermans

    On behalve of the former team and crew of Sail de Ruyter 2007, hope that she Will be repaired and Sail again!

  • Comment Link Karen 16th September 2013 posted by Karen

    Hopefully she can be repaired. I would love to see her sailing again.

  • Comment Link Ryszard Rajchel 12th September 2013 posted by Ryszard Rajchel

    I do complete, new rigs for tall ships: I mean steel and soft rigging with assembly. If you are ever interested in - just call me or send me a message.
    Ryszard Rajchel



    [email protected]

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  • Comment Link Anthony Urbani - Australia 12th September 2013 posted by Anthony Urbani - Australia

    It is good to see that they will pull her from the water and get her back sailing but what made her hit rocks even lossing power......?????

  • Comment Link Nicki Wood 12th September 2013 posted by Nicki Wood

    Well done GPS Marine!

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