Vessel Type: Beam Trawler
JULIE OF LADRAM
The largest of the beam trawlers in the Waterdance fleet, Julie of Ladram, has quite a history behind it.
It was originally built at the Haak Shipyard in Holland for a Texel family in 1983 and for many years fished in the North Sea as the Cornelis Maria, before it changed hands and operated under both UK and German flags for its owners in Holland, until the 38 metre trawler came to Brixham.
Although this is a trawler with plenty of sea time behind it, its age is deceptive. A serious fire on board ten years ago meant that much of the superstructure was damaged beyond repair and a major refit was carried out, with a new wheelhouse and accommodation fitted. The result is that Julie of Ladram is relatively new above the deck, and below deck level has a solid hull of the kind the Haak yard’s reputation was built on.
In its new home in Brixham, Julie of Ladram is one of the larger fishing vessels working from the port, fishing with the Brixham-style trawl gear that has been fine-tuned to minimise discards and ground contact while also keeping fuel consumption down. Working seven-day trips, Julie of Ladram lands her catches in Brixham and focuses on the conventional range of high-value, high-quality South-West groundfish species.
The man in Julie of Ladram’s wheelhouse is Steve Rogers, one of Brixham’s most experienced beam trawler skippers who brings with him a unique skillset. Steve has fitted out several of his own trawlers over the years, something that provides an exceptional insight into the technical side of operating a fishing vessel, but finally he opted for a career change, going back to study for a Class I Officer of the Watch Unlimited certificate enabling him to skipper a fishing vessel of any size, before joining the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to spend three years as a marine surveyor.
‘Julie of Ladram is a bit longer than the boats I’m used to, but the principles are the same as any other beam trawler I’ve worked on. The capacity is much the same, but with a boat this size we should have a bit more comfort,’ he said, commenting that Julie of Ladram has been well maintained, is in generally excellent condition and the nine-cylinder Stork-Wärtsilä main engine was overhauled and rebuilt in 2016,’ he said.
‘She shows her age in places, but the heart of the ship is what’s important.’
Julie of Ladram takes its name after parent company Greendale’s much-missed and respected administrator Julie Jones who passed away after many years with the company, during which she saw it grow significantly.
METHOD: Beam Trawler
CALL SIGN: MYDR3
REGISTERED PORT: Exeter
HOME PORT: Brixham
PORT LETTERS: E271
OVERALL LENGTH: 38.25m
YEAR OF BUILD: 1983
COUNTY OF BUILD: HOLLAND
DATE OF ENTRY INTO SERVICE: 22/07/1998
CREW SIZE: 6
AREA FISHED: Area 7 / SW Approaches
FISH CAUGHT: Dover Sole, Plaice, Monkfish, Gurnard, Ray, Pout, Cuttlefish. other mixed fish