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The Asgard ll was built as a sail training vessel by Jack Tyrrell in Arklow, Ireland and launched in 1981 by the late former taoiseach Charles Haughey. The vessel was owned by the Irish state and operated by Coiste an Asgard, she had a traditional figurehead in the form of a carving of "Granuaile". Asgard sank off the French coast, about 20 miles southwest of Belle-Île-en-Mer near La Rochelle in 2008.
Built in 1918 as a herring drifter and after serving as motor ship on the Baltic Sea until 1970. During the late seventies the ship was acquired by new owners and used for clandestine missions during the war in the Near East with a suspicion of drug smuggling, a fire off the English coast brought a change of fortune. Under new ownership since 1984 she has been rebuilt as a traditional brig and is now employed in sail training activities.
Creoula 50th Anniversary Tall Ships Race. Torbay 2006.
The 4 masted Topsail Schooner Creoula is one of the ships of the Portuguese “White Fleet” that fished the Newfoundland Banks.
Built in 1937 in the Companhia União Fabril (CUF) shipyards
in Lisbon for Parceria Geral de Pescas fishing company.
The 3 masted barque Cuauhtemoc was built for the Mexican Navy in the Celaya shipyards (Bilbao, Spain) and launched in July 1982. She was the last of four windjammers built by Bilbaol shipyards, her predecessors were the Gloria (Columbia), (Guayas) Equador and the Simon Bolivar (Venezuela). The Cuauhtemoc is named for the last Aztec emperor who was imprisoned and executed by the conquistador, Herman Cortes, in 1525 . The Cuauhtemoc is a used by the Mexican Navy to train its officer cadets.
The steel-hulled 3 masted schooner Estelle, originally built for North Sea trawl fishing in Emden Germany 1922. In 1985, Estelle was acquired by Eestaas Oy and its transformation to a sailing ship began in Turku 1986.
Estelle is currently being used in an awareness raising international education project by Uusi Tuuli. The ship also works as a forum for various NGOs and organisations who share an idea of a fairer world.
Europa was built in Hamburg in 1911 as a lightship on the river Elbe and later used as a standby vessel. Over an 8 year period starting in 1986 she was rebuilt and rigged as a three-masted bark. Sometimes called the ‘Ocean Wanderer’ Europa undertakes ambitious winter voyages to Antarctica and tall ship racing in the summer.
Built in 1911 as a topsail schooner Eye of the Wind has survived a shipwreck and a major fire. In 1973 under new ownership she was rigged as a brigantine and had the honour of being named flagship for "Operation Drake" . Since then she has starred in some major Hollywood productions, these include "Blue Lagoon", "Savage Island", "Tai Pan" and "White Squall".
Topsail Schooner 'Oosterschelde'
Oosterschelde was built in the Netherlands in 1918 for the Rotterdam shipping company H.A.A.S.
As a freighter the ship carried cargos of clay, bricks and wood as well as salted herring, bran, potatoes, straw and bananas.
Her name is derived from the eastern part of the Schelde river that flows from France through Belgium and the Netherlands to the sea.
The Sedov, originally named the Magdalene Vinnen II, was launched in Kiel in 1921 at the Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft at Kiel, Germany, for the shipping company F. A. Vinnen & Co. of Bremen, one of the largest German shipping companies at the beginning of the 20th century. She sailed on her maiden voyage on September 1, 1921 which took her from Bremen via Cardiff, where she took on coal, to Buenos Aires. Despite bad weather, the journey from England to Argentina with holds full of coal took just 30days. This four-masted barque has made two voyages around Cape Horn to Chile.
The full rigged ship Sorlandet is the oldest of the three Norwegian Tall Ships, built in Kristiansand Sorlandet was launched in 1927. Through "Sørlandets Seilende Skoleskibs Institution"( a school/institution for seafarers to be), she became a vital part in the education of young seamen from the southern region of Norway called Sørlandet.
Trinovante was launched in 1994 the inspiration of John Shores, designer and current skipper. Having admired the Portuguese Schooner Creoula whilst in Lisbon John set about designing the Trinovante, a three masted traditionally rigged schooner, 24m in length with a maximum draught of seven feet and a cargo hold forward. She needed to be strong, seaworthy and easy to handle by a small crew. The keel was laid in Wivenhoe, a village on the banks of the river Colne in Essex. The last big sailing ship constructed there was the the Lord Nelson launched in 1986.