Asgard - The 1914 Howth gun running vessel
From her building in 1905 by Colin Archer, the celebrated Norwegian naval architect, to her pivotal role in the 1914 Howth gun-running and her later use as Ireland’s first national sail-training vessel, the yacht has had many incarnations.
A part of Irish History
Her story is intertwined with many of the wider historical events that were to influence and shape the course of Irish history in the 20th century.
It also ties in with two other historical exhibitions in Collins Barracks, The Easter Rising: Understanding 1916 and Soldiers and Chiefs: Irish Soldiers at Home and Abroad Since 1500.
The exhibition tells the story of the iconic yacht through text panels, contemporary imagery and the display of relevant artefacts mainly from the National Museum of Ireland’s collections.
Conservation of the Asgard
From 2007 to 2012, a major conservation programme of Asgard was undertaken at Collins Barracks, and this aspect is also fully explored.
An expert team, led by Master Shipwright and Ship Conservator John Kearon, set out to conserve Asgard while retaining the structural integrity of the vessel and preserving as much of the existing original material as possible. The historic yacht that is now on exhibition in Collins Barracks is the result of their painstaking work and dedication.