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seaJane

VIOLA, Hull Trawler, 1909-

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seaJane

Hope it's okay to post this: I have no vested interest.

 

http://www.violatrawler.net

"Built over 100 years ago, VIOLA has steamed thousands of miles and survived as the oldest steam trawler in the world with her engines intact. You can help the Viola Trust take her on one more journey, back to her home port, where her remarkable story will be brought to life for a new generation.

 

Built in 1906 in Beverley, Viola was part of the Hellyer fleet of steam trawlers working the North Sea. In 1914, she was requisitioned for duty in the First World War and served with distinction, spending four years on the front line in the grim war against mines and submarines and involved in sinking two U-boats. [...] The Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands has approved Viola’s return [from Grytviken] to take a starring role in Hull City Council’s new maritime heritage displays. The Trust, formed by business people, a Royal Navy Rear Admiral and a prominent Member of Parliament, is trying to raise £3 million to transport her and set up an innovative 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."

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Hyacinth1326

The vessel was involved in escorting East Coast convoys between Hull and Methil.  I believe it played a role in the sinking of UB 115 off the Northumberland coast,. See Silent Warriors Vol 1

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johnboy

Thanks for the link SJ The site does not give an exact location for the builders I know Beverly quite well and don't know of any rivers near there where she could have been built. Do you have any more info?

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horatio2
On 22/03/2019 at 05:55, Hyacinth1326 said:

The vessel was involved in escorting East Coast convoys between Hull and Methil.  I believe it played a role in the sinking of UB 115 off the Northumberland coast

VIOLA was fitted out at Lowestoft (HMS HALCYON) in September 1914 and was subsequently based at Orkney and Shetland and parented, successively, by HM Ships CYCLOPS (I and II), ZARIA and BRILLIANT until 23 October 1916 when she moved south to Tynemouth, parented by HMS SATELLITE.

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johnboy

 Thanks for the link SJ The site does not give an exact location for the builders I know Beverly quite well and don't know of any rivers near there where she could have been built. Do you have any more info?

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johnboy

Thanks for the link Horatio.Google Earth shows Grovehill some way from the river. Perhaps there were tributaries.

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horatio2

Google Maps shows an extensive riverside wharf/industrial area where the Grovehill Road crosses the River Hull.

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johnboy
2 hours ago, horatio2 said:

Google Maps shows an extensive riverside wharf/industrial area where the Grovehill Road crosses the River Hull.

Thank you I will look again and remember my glasses

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jonbem

How about these boat builders? 

  • Viola (H868), 1906

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cook,_Welton_%26_Gemmell

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