Special Project : Bring ‘Viola’ Home – part 3
Article Date: 2015-09-25
A lot has happened since our last posting on this.
The results from the feasibility study, carried out by Beverley-based Solis Marine, were very encouraging. Using all the data provided from our own inspection of Viola in South Georgia and that from the original salvage team, Solis were able to outline options for her return to Hull.
All of this data was presented to Hull City Council during the Spring and we are pleased to report that it was very well received. Hull City Council are currently looking at options to re-vamp Hull’s waterfront and it is hoped that one day Viola can form part of a new fishing heritage location in the city.
Associated British Ports have expressed their desire to support the project and in the last few weeks they, together with Paul Escreet of SMS Towage, have conducted a site survey of potential final resting place for Viola.
An official request, together with details of recovery plan and proposed end use, have now been submitted to the Governor of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands to consider. We await to hear if our request for the recovery of Viola has been granted.