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The Viola Trust is working to salvage the world’s oldest remaining steam trawler with engines intact. Our aim is to bring her back from Grytviken, South Georgia, and to restore her for use as an education centre on Hull’s historic waterfront. Viola is one of only four remaining British warships that saw active service in the First World War. You can help the Viola Trust take her on a final journey back to her home port of Hull.

Help us bring Viola home. Built in 1906 in Beverley, England, Viola was part of the Hellyer fleet working the North Sea. In 1914, she was requisitioned as an armed trawler and spent four years on the maritime front-line in the grim fight against mines and U-boats. She took part in actions against enemy vessels, including the sinking of two U-boats. Renamed Dias, she was sold to the sealing and whaling industries, which brought her to South Georgia.

The Viola Trust’s target is to raise £3 million to transport her to Hull and set up an apprenticeship scheme, giving people the skills to restore Viola as an education centre and as a lasting memorial to those who lost their lives in the war at sea.

The Viola Trust works with the South Georgia Heritage Trust and with schools in the UK to share information on Viola’s history and her restoration, ensuring that audiences continue to learn about this stalwart of the Southern Ocean.

Charity No: 1168950

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