Thoughts on Tall Ship Asgard II’s Past and the Future of Sail Training in Ireland

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As previously reported, on September 11, 2008, the Irish sail training vessel Asgard II was lost in the Bay of Biscay. Thankfully all souls survived. (A Significant Loss for Sail Training, the sinking of the Irish Asgard II)

RTÉ is Ireland’s public service broadcaster and they produce an excellent podcast called Seascapes that celebrates this island nation’s strong maritime heritage. In this week’s episode, RTÉ interviews Captain Tom McCarthy and they reflect on the loss of the Asgard II and the future of Irish sail training. It’s a great podcast, listen to the complete episode if you have the time. Actually, find the time, you won’t be disappointed.

Photo credit: Sail Training International / MAX

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Peter A. Mello

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