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As the ship pulled its nets over the stern, it could lift out a much greater haul of up to 60 tons.

The early evolution of fishing as recreation is not clear.

In 1931, the first powered drum was created by Laurie Jarelainen.

The drum was a circular device that was set to the side of the boat and would draw in the nets.

The foundation stone for the Royal Dock was laid by Albert the Prince consort in 1849.

The dock covered 25 acres (10 ha) and was formally opened by Queen Victoria in 1854 as the first modern fishing port.

The steam drifter was not used in the herring fishery until 1897.

By the early 19th century, the fishermen at Brixham needed to expand their fishing area further than ever before due to the ongoing depletion of stocks that was occurring in the overfished waters of South Devon.

The Brixham trawler that evolved there was of a sleek build and had a tall gaff rig, which gave the vessel sufficient speed to make long distance trips out to the fishing grounds in the ocean.

The elegant Brixham trawler spread across the world, influencing fishing fleets everywhere.

By the end of the 19th century, there were over 3,000 fishing trawlers in commission in Britain, with almost 1,000 at Grimsby.

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