The latest addition to Brixham’s beam trawler fleet, Sam of Ladram BM 188 landed her first trip into the south Devon port last week on completion of a €1 million modernisation project in the Netherlands, reports David Linkie.

Above: Sam of Ladram prepares to leave Brixham harbour for her first trip. (Photograph courtesy of Neil Edwards).

The extensive works to update the 24m beam trawler by improving fuel efficiency, catch quality, crew comfort and vessel safety, were carried at the LUYT Shipyard in Den Over, with the support of EMFF funding through the MMO.

Sam of Ladram BM 188

The new-look Sam of Ladram at full speed following a refit that included fitting a new Mitsubishi main engine, Cat generators, LUYT single-purchase winch, aft shelter and bulbous bow. (Photograph courtesy of Neil Edwards).

Sam of Ladram is the former Brixham beamer Lloyd Tyler BM 188, which was bought last year by Waterdance Ltd (part of the Greendale Group) before being renamed during the refit. The group owns beam trawlers, scallopers and netters, catches from which are sold through the company’s farm shop at Greendale, near Exeter.

Further details of the Sam of Ladram rebuild will be included in Fishing News soon.

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