The Dutch Sail Training Ship, Astrid, a 136′ (41.65 M) brig, was lost this morning after running aground on rocks on the western mouth of Oysterhaven, on the Cork, Ireland coast, shortly after leaving the anchorage this morning. Thirty crew and trainees were rescued by the the RNLI Courtmacsherry all-weather lifeboat and a local sail training vessel, Spirit of Oysterhaven, after the Astrid began to sink in force five to six winds.
The waters off the southern Irish coast can be treacherous. One report by uptherockies places the wreck of the Astrid on the Sovereign Rocks at Oysterhaven near Kinsale, Cork where the Falls of Garry was wrecked on October 20, 1911.
The Astrid‘s history, from the At Sea Sail Training website:
The Astrid was built in 1918 as a freight logger in a Dutch shipyard. The ship was sold of due to the decease of the Swedish Captain Albert Edmund Frohm and the diminished demand for coasters of this seize. Since 1970 it sailed under the Lebanese flag and the wildest rumours were spread involving drug smuggling. Below the English coast a fierce fire aboard the ship ended the alleged practices. The pensioned English Marine Officers Graham Neilson and John Amos (from Class Yachts Endeavour) saved the iron body from the breakers. The Astrid was completely renovated and equipped with impressive brig rigging. Nowadays it has returned sailing under the Dutch flag.
Thanks to Alaric Bond for passing on the news.