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Asgard II

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History
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Name: Asgard II
Operator: Coiste an Asgard
Port of registry: Dublin, Ireland
Builder: Arklow, County Wicklow
Commissioned: 7 March 1981
Identification: Official Number 402135
Fate: Sank, 11 September 2008, Bay of Biscay
General characteristics
Type: Sail training vessel
Length: 26.6 m (87 ft 3 in) (overall)
Sail plan: Brigantine

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). For a period of time in the early eighties, the vessel was commissioned by UCC for use in marine research. Asgard II had a traditional figurehead in the form of a carving of Granuaile.

Asgard II sank in the Bay of Biscay on 11 September 2008, 20 nautical miles (37 km) southwest of Belle-Île-en-Mer, at 47°18′03″N 3°33′02″W / 47.30083°N 3.55056°W / 47.30083; -3.55056Coordinates: 47°18′03″N 3°33′02″W / 47.30083°N 3.55056°W / 47.30083; -3.55056.



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