The Asgard returns to the water at Dún Laoghaire yacht yard in County Dublin.

The historic yacht Asgard used for running guns into Howth in July 1914 has been reconditioned and repainted by a team of shipyard workers from the Liffey Dockyard in Dublin.

The yacht was taken out of the water a year ago and has been lying on props at the yacht yard since then. With the refurbishment work complete, she was put on a launching truck and moved to the slip for launching at high tide.

Lieutenant Commander J Barratt of the Naval Service was with Board of Works engineers at Dún Laoghaire at the launch. The yacht’s crew consisted of two petty officers, M Treacy of the Naval Service and R Lewis of An Slua Muirí.

Once launched, the Asgard was moored to the dockside so her engines could be overhauled. She will eventually be fitted out as a training vessel.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 September 1962. The footage shown here is mute.