Asgard II

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Asgard II was the Irish national sail training vessel, until she sank in the Bay of Biscay in 2008. A brigantine, she was commissioned on 7 March 1981 and purpose-built as a sail training vessel by Jack Tyrrell in Arklow, County Wicklow. She was named after the Asgard, a yacht which smuggled weapons for the Irish Volunteers in 1914.

The vessel was owned by the Irish state and operated by Coiste an Asgard (a founding member of Sail Training International). Asgard II had a traditional figurehead in the form of a carving of Granuaile.. Official Asgard II homepage. Retrieved 14 September 2008.

Sinking

Asgard II sank in the Bay of Biscay on 11 September 2008, southwest of Belle-Île-en-Mer,

The five crew and twenty trainees had earlier abandoned the vessel after she started taking on water. Asgard II was heading from Falmouth to La Rochelle for some routine maintenance. Assistance was given by and and two lifeboats from......
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