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July 24th 2013


The Dutch training vessel Astrid, went on the rocks at Ballymacus Point, west of Oysterhaven, on July 24th 2013. The Astrid had been standing off a lee-shore, when engine failure brought her ashore. The RNLI lifeboats from Kinsale and Courtmacsherry, long with local boats, managed to rescue all on board the Astrid

Water soon covered the decks of the 95 year old vessel, as it sat on the point with sails furled. She lay there for weeks, until the heavy lifting barge Atlas, lifted her off the rocks on Monday the 9th of September.

The Astrid was transferred to a barge in Kinsale, for inspection. It quickly became apparent that the damage to the old vessel was too severe, and she was condemned to be scrapped.