In September 1914 the Hellyer trawler Viola was requisitioned by the Admiralty and sailed off to war. It was involved in a number of actions with the enemy, including the sinking of a couple of U-boats. The vessel is still around, lying on the island of South Georgia but has yet to return to Hull from that Great War voyage. In 1982 the spark which arguably started the Falklands War was the arrival of scrap metal merchants on South Georgia. The Viola - now named Dias - was one of the vessels they were due to cut up but the hoisted the Argentine flag and the rest is history. You can read more about this remarkable vessel and the story of its crews in the book. More details can be found on this link http://www.lodestarbooks.com/?wpsc-product=viola
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