Humber Branch - VIOLA, Salvage & Repatriation to Hull - The Technical Challenge
Speakers: Dr. Robb Robinson, Captain John Simpson, Mr. Simon Green
The Hull trawler VIOLA presently lies beached at Grytviken, South Georgia. Built over 110 years ago, she has survived as the oldest steam trawler in the world with her engines intact.
VIOLA was built at Beverley in 1906, and is the last of the great Hellyer fleet of Hull steam trawlers working in the North Sea. In 1914 she was requisitioned for duty in the First World War, spending four years on the maritime front-line and involved in the sinking of two U-boats. She is one of only four remaining British vessels to have seen active service in WW1.
In 1920 VIOLA was sold to a Norwegian company for use in the whaling and sealing industries and sent to South Georgia. She has never returned to Hull.
The Viola Trust’s target is to return VIOLA to Hull as an educational centre and lasting memorial to those who lost their lives in the wars at sea.
Please join us at the Guildhall in Hull for this free event open to members, partners and non-members alike, to hear from our speakers on Hull –Yorkshire’s Maritime City, the History of VIOLA and The Technical Challenge of Salvaging and Returning VIOLA to Hull.
1830 Drinks reception & buffet.
1900 Hull, Yorkshire’s Maritime City. Simon Green – Director of Cultural Services, Hull Culture & Leisure.
1930 The History of VIOLA. - Dr. Robb Robinson – Honorary Research Fellow, University of Hull.
2000 The technical challenge of salvaging and repatriating VIOLA. - Captain John Simpson – Senior Partner Solis Marine Consultants.
2030 Drinks over networking.
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