I put a post on here with photos of the old scallop beamer Susan Bird featured recently.
We are into the short scallop season now and today she was unloading at the quayside when I walked past —
Being an old boat without a hydraulic crane for off-loading, the bags of scallops come out of the hold in bundles of four instead of tens as on the modern boats. Gives the crew an easier time as the bags all have to be man-handled on to pallets when they come ashore. I didn’t spot if it was a winch powered hoist or a capstan they were lifting the bags out with which gives me the excuse to go back for a look another day.