Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Ireland - Asgard II
This FDC and the special stamp was issued on the commissioning of Asgard II. This tall ship was a 104' long brigantine from Ireland, owned by the state and operated as a sail training ship. She was built in Wicklow, Ireland, and launched in 1981 as a replacement for the original Asgard. She has 372 square-metres of sail and boasts an unusual carved figure-head of Granuaile, the famous 16th century Pirate Queen. Her name comes from Norse mythology and means Home of the Gods. Thanks Hemant lovers of tall ships will love this.