Astrid (brig)

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The Astrid was a 42m Tall ship that was being used as a sailing training vessel.[1] It was built in 1918[2] as a Lugger. It ran aground off the coast of Ireland on 23 July 2013,[3] and subsequently sank.


The Astrid was built in 1918 in the Netherlands as a cargo ship. It was subsequently transferred into Swedish ownership, and was used on trade routes in the Baltic Sea]until 1975.[2]


While attempting to enter the harbour near Kinsale, County Cork, the Astrid ran aground near the Sovereign Islands, in southern Ireland, on 23 July 2013. The Astrid was en route to Cherbourg, France, from Southampton, UK;[3] it was one of 50 vessels participating in Ireland's 2013 Gathering Cruise between Oysterhaven and Kinsale.[2] It suffered engine failure, which prevented it from pulling itself off of the rocks.[1] On board were 23 teenagers and 7 adults.[2] The thirty crew members were rescued from the tall ship, with 18 being rescued by an RNLI lifeboat and the other 12 by another tall ship. Four RNLI lifeboats and two Irish Coast Guard helicopters were involved in the rescue.[3] The incident was filmed by the Irish Coast Guard.[4]


In happier times

Unfortunately the most dangerous part of the sea is at the edge

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