Tall Ship Astrid is written off
KAMPERLAND _ The Dutch Tall Ship Astrid that ran aground and broke apart off Ireland’s south coast in July is a total loss and will be scrapped. The owners have reached a deal with the insurance company after it became evident that repairing the ship _ especially the hull _ would cost a fortune, the daily De Volkskrant reported.
It said the ship will be scrapped in Ireland. Her owners – Pieter and Ineke de Kam _ ran sail training courses for 7 years. Now in their 60s, they are unlikely to stay in that business, said De Volkskrant.
On July 24, the Astrid developed engine trouble and ran aground on Ireland’s southern coast. All aboard _ 23 trainees from France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Britain and Spain and a crew of 7 _ were rescued. The ship’s engine went out as the vessel prepared to join a parade of sail into Kinsale, Ireland. Efforts to tow her out to sea failed due to onshore winds and swell. The vessel issued a Mayday, then ran aground and broke apart off.
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.