Friday, November 28, 2008

Asgard II to be raised?

According to recent reports in the Irish press, a plan to raise Asgard II will be presented to the Irish cabinet before Christmas. The defence minister, hopes to commission a salvage company to raise the government’s training vessel so that it can be restored. If a deal is agreed, the company could raise the vessel from the seabed as early as next spring.
A survey of the sunken ship by a Remotely Operated Vehicle in September showed that Asgard II is largely intact and could be saved, although it lies under 80 metres of water 31 km off the French coast in the Bay of Biscay.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Brigantine Soren Larson

The South Pacific based brigantine Soren Larsen works from her home port of Auckland during Dec-March and departs for deep ocean voyaging and tropical Pacific cruising March to November. Soren Larsen specialises in adventure sail training cruises in the tropical islands of the South Pacific and New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf and the Bay of Islands - for people of all ages. For the rest of the story CLICK HERE.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Spirit of New Zealand

The "Spirit Of New Zealand" is a steel built barquentine, square rigged on the foremast. She is operated by the Auckland based Spirit of Adventure Trust Board and operates as a Sail training vessel for Secondary School students and handicapped people from throughout New Zealand.
Teenage trainees line the yards on the Spirit of New Zealand. The trust that operates the tall ship has been named the world's best sailing training organisation.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sail Trainee Recruit Video

In preparation for the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009 a campaign to encourage younger sail trainee crews to get more involved in the Tall Ships Races, Sail Training International launched a new video at their recent Annual Conference.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Texas Tall Ship Elissa

ELISSA is the Official Tall Ship of Texas. ELISSA is a three-masted, iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1877 in Aberdeen, Scotland by Alexander Hall & Company. She carries nineteen sails covering over one-quarter of an acre in surface area. From her stern to the tip of her jibboom she measures 205 feet. Her height is 99 feet, 9 inches at the main mast and she displaces about 620 tons. Unlike some tall ships of today ELISSA is not a replica, but a survivor. She was built during the decline of the "Age of Sail", to fill a niche in maritime commerce. Over her 90-year commercial history, she carried a variety of cargos to ports around the world, for a succession of owners. The story of ELISSA's discovery and restoration is nothing short of miraculous, and is beautifully retold in photographs and two video presentations at the Texas Seaport Museum. Today ELISSA is much more than an artifact from a bygone era. She is a fully-functional vessel that continues to sail annually during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. For the Rest of the story CLICK HERE.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Barque Kaskelot

Kaskelot was built in Denmark in 1948 and first earned her living carrying supplies to the remote East Greenland coast and later as a fisheries support vessel. Brought to the UK in 1981 she was then re-designed and re-rigged into a three-masted barque. Kaskelot is the largest wooden-hulled vessel in the world. With most of her income coming from a host of film credits, Kaskelot is also available for sail training, management training and corporate hospitality.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tall Ship of Rhode Island

NEWPORT, R.I.—Rhode Island has a new symbol of its maritime heritage. Gov. Don Carcieri on Wednesday designated the Oliver Hazard Perry as the state’s tall ship during a ceremony at Bowen’s Wharf. The vessel is a three-masted replica of a 19th century warship. It will be operated as a working sail training ship. The ship is named for Newport naval hero Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. It is scheduled to be commissioned in 2010.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Collector Prints November Special

Collector Fine Art Prints: November Special
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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Underwater Galapagos

7 minutes of underwater scenes and creatures, shot in the Galapagos
September 2008 by Darek Sepiolo