The charitable trust behind plans to bring the Viola back to Hull brings together an influential group of people from a variety of business, nautical and political backgrounds.
The trustees are working with fund-raising experts and media professionals to drive the campaign. They have also secured the support of Hull City Council, which is eager to see the Viola take her place in a maritime heritage project being developed as part of the City of Culture legacy programme.
The Lord Mayor of Hull, Councillor Sean Chaytor, said: “The City Plan and Cultural Strategy clearly define our ambition to improve the cultural offer and celebrate our maritime history. We have the Spurn Lightship and the Arctic Corsair trawler and we want to support the Trust and other partners on the Viola.”
The Trustees are all experts in maritime matters. Paul Escreet is Chairman of Hessle-based SMS Towage Ltd. Dr Robb Robinson is a historian based in the University of Hull’s Maritime Historical Studies Centre. Rear Admiral Nick Lambert is a master mariner. Dominic Ward is Senior Partner at Andrew Jackson Solicitors and a specialist in shipping law for more than 30 years.
The Trust has also secured the support of Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson as its patron. Mr Johnson said: “The Viola is part of our fishing and our maritime heritage. Wouldn’t it be great if we could bring it back up the Humber to its home city, restore it and have it as part of our nautical heritage?”