A MAJOR salvage operation has lifted the wrecked tall ship Astrid from the waters off the Cork coast to probe what caused it to run aground on rocks.
A floating GPS Atlas crane was used to lift the submerged wreck of the 42-metre brig aboard a barge to bring it to a nearby port. Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) experts hope the engine room of the 95-year-old vessel will solve the mystery of what caused its sinking on July 24.
It is expected that marine recovery experts Atlantic Towage will salvage the steel hull, masts and rigging on behalf of the insurer.
The Astrid was built in 1918 but underwent a mammoth refurbishment in the 1980s before being used as a sail training vessel for the last two decades.
Thirty trainee sailors and crew escaped injury after the sailing ship sank when its engine failed and strong tides drove the Astrid on to the rocks off Kinsale.