Dutch Tall Ship breaks apart off Ireland
KINSALE, Ireland _ The Dutch Tall Ship Astrid ran aground and broke apart off Ireland’s south coast July 24 after suffering engine failure. All aboard _ 23 trainees from France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Britain and Spain _ a crew of 7 were rescued. The ship’s engine went out as she prepared to join a parade of sail into Kinsale. After efforts to tow her out to sea failed due to onshore winds and swell, Captain Pieter de Kam issued a Mayday.
The Irish Coast Guard said the ship, which broke into two pieces, was a loss. The Astrid was a 2-masted sailing yacht available for charters. After Ireland, she was to visit Southampton, England, and Cherbourg, France.
The Astrid was built in 1918 as a freighter in the Netherlands. Throughout her life she was registered in Sweden and Lebanon. In the 1970s, a fire in British waters caused major damage. Restoration in Britain returned her to former glory. In 1998, the vessel returned to the Netherlands to serve as a luxury sailing ship.