This series of photographs taken on August 28, 2013 of the historic yacht ASGARD which is now displayed in the Collins Barracks Museum complex in Dublin. The yacht was restored and conserved over a period of five years from 2007 to 2012. The ASGARD is open for public inspection during Museum opening hours, admission is free and well worth a visit.
Probably the most significant vessel in the history of the Irish state the yacht ASGARD was built by Norwegian yacht designer Colin Archer and owned by Robert Erskine Childers (author of the spy novel "Riddle of the Sands") and his wife Molly. It was used to deliver German rifles to Howth shortly before the outbreak of WWI to arm the Irish Volunteers. These weapons would be used by Irish forces during the 1916 Rising against British rule.
During World War I Childers held several positions in the British armed forces including that of an officer on board the Isle of Man Steam Packet ship BEN-MY-CHREE which had been converted to a sea plane carrier by Cammell Laird.