Hull WW1 trawler could be brought home

Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by The News Editor

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A wrecked Hull trawler used to hunt German U-boats during the First World War could soon be brought back home.

The Viola may be given a second lease of life as a tourist attraction if a group of maritime engineers consider this possible.

It first set sail in September 1914, manned in large part by sailors from Hull, and was involved in sinking two German submarines.

But despite its achievements, the ship was left to rust on a remote island in South Georgia in the South Atlantic.

Donations from local marine companies are paying for the engineers’ survey, being carried out at a cost of £10,000.

If the survey is successful, the South Georgian authorities must then grant permission for the move to Hull, which would cost around £300,000.

Dr Robb Robinson, of the University of Hull, who has campaigned for more than 10 years to bring the trawler home, said the survey expedition was wonderful news.

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by The News Editor

Comments (2)
  • Lordelpus

    What ridiculous waste of money this project would be and to hear that two of our local MPs may make a request for funds from the government is deplorable when funds are supposed to be tight and cuts loom. There are hundreds of projects out there much more deserving of the finance and effort that would go into this.

  • Sean

    I hope this apparently huge surplus in Council funds means we are going to see a reduction in our Council Tax next year.

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