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Patrick Kenealy
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« on: September 11, 2008, 08:08:31 am »

Just saw on RTE.ie that the Irish Sail Training ship Asgard 2 has sunk in the Bay of Biscay overnight. All 5 crew and 20 trainees have been rescued safely which is good. What a loss this is to Ireland, thousands of Irish people have enjoyed a trip on this ship, including myself (7 times), she was a great ambassador for the country and will be greatly missed.
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2008, 09:45:39 am »

Its a big loss. Good that everyone got off her.
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2008, 10:38:06 am »

What a shame, she was shipped out to Australia in 1988 for the Bicentenary celebrations and came down to Hobart.  Hope she is salvagble.

Good to hear that all hands got off her safley.
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2008, 04:43:43 pm »

Shame to read that - I remember seeing her when Newcastle hosted the 2005 Tall Ships Race.

Doesn't seem to be much hope in salvaging her as she is lying in deep water.

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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2008, 01:18:03 pm »

A sad, sad lost for Ireland and the world.  As posted previously, salvage seems unlikely given depth of water and cost.  Hopefully a new one will rise from the ashes.  Crew arrived back in Dublin safe and sound last night.
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2008, 12:06:08 pm »

Hi All

Perhaps some good news on the Asgard II - this courtesy of AFloat @ http://www.afloat.ie/afloat/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=701&Itemid=1

'Asgard II' - upright on the seabed, in good condition and salvageable       
Friday, 03 October 2008

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.

It has also been confirmed that there’s a significant fracture in one of the hull’s planks, according to a preliminary survey by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and indicates that the vessel is upright and largely intact.

The Department of Defence has been quoted as saying that “it is not possible at this stage to determine whether this has resulted from impact with the seabed, or was the original cause of the sinking".

The location of the ship, which sank on September 11th some 22km (14 miles) west of Belle-Île on the French northwest coast, has a sandy bottom with no significant rocks, according to the French Coast Guard. Some marine experts believe that the impact of the sinking may have caused the fracture in the plank, for instance, from a collision with a hatch cover washed off a merchant ship. Some hatch covers are fitted with iron spikes which can have a lancing effect, and are a frequent hazard in busy shipping lanes.

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