The William was purchased in October 2015, when she was called the Martha Lina SL3. She had been owned by the same fishing family in Holland since her launch in 1980; they had looked after, serviced and maintained her to levels never previously seen on a commercial fishing boat. After we purchased her, all we had to do was overhaul her main engine, and then she entered the British Registry, which she completed in December 2015. The William of Ladram now has a Certificate of Class issued by RINA and is based in Brixham, Devon. Her Full International Fishing Vessel Certificate is issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and her full Category A UK Fishing Licence permits her to beam-trawl or scallop in the English Channel, Western Approaches and the North Sea. She is also a member of the Western Fish Producer Organisation.