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 Asgard II - sunk off the coast of France !!!

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PostSubject: Asgard II - sunk off the coast of France !!!   Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:48 pm

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2008/0911/breaking14.htm

Very sad news. The lovely Asgard II, training ship, sank with no loss of life off the coast of France.
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PostSubject: Re: Asgard II - sunk off the coast of France !!!   Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:51 pm

My girlfriend is rather upset by it, she sailed on it to France twice. Thank goodness nobody lost their life though.
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PostSubject: Re: Asgard II - sunk off the coast of France !!!   Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:40 pm

Interesting interview on Pat Kenny's show this morning. Frank Treanor, skipper during the 80s after it was built, said that when it was built it was expected it would last a hundred years and it was understood at the time that another like it would never be built again. The craftsmen are dead or retired.

The original Asgard was a present to Erskine Childers' wife and they sold it, it went through a number of owners and eventually became the property of the State. It wasn't ideal as a training vessel, and became worn out after only a few years.

But Asgard 2 was supposed to last forever.

Treanor said that it's possible one of the several dozen seacocks (that allow water in to cool the engines and for toilets) had possibly broken off.

It's in 70 or 80 metres of water, though. One wonders whether it can be salvaged or not.

Some interesting discussion of the mechanics too.

link to radio interview
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PostSubject: Re: Asgard II - sunk off the coast of France !!!   Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:34 am

So very sad to see the footage of such a beautiful vessel go down
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PostSubject: Re: Asgard II - sunk off the coast of France !!!   Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:40 am

I will be interesting to find out why it happened. I love tall ships, and given the oil situation we should have more of them, not less.
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