Jimmy Buchan is the much-loved skipper of the Amity II and the star of the BBC TV series Trawlermen.

Born and raised in the famous fishing port of Peterhead, Jimmy always wanted to be a skipper. He left school at sixteen to pursue his dream and, after serving a tough apprenticeship as a crew member for several years, finally bought his first boat in 1986. He called it the Amity, meaning ‘friendship’.

As skipper of Amity and later Amity II, Jimmy would go on to enjoy 30 years’ success at the sharp end of one of the most dangerous jobs in Britain. He has survived violent storms, misfortune and a declining industry to become a respected and successful skipper. His frankness and sense of humour in the TV series Trawlermen won him many fans and fame.

A board member of the Scottish Fishermen’s Organization, Port Convenor of Peterhead and a keen supporter of the Fishermen’s Mission, Jimmy is a passionate voice on behalf of the industry.


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'Trawlerman' book jacketWith over three decade’s experience to draw from, Jimmy offers a fascinating account of the risks and rewards of his trade in this, his memoir.

Through Jimmy’s eyes you’ll learn the inner workings of these awe-inspiring vessels and about what living and working at sea for days on end is really like. From conditions so violent that every ounce of effort is spent simply trying to stay alive, to days when the North Sea is giving up such abundant hauls crewmen return home with enough money to live like kings.

Trawlerman tells the gripping story of the most dangerous job in Britain.  Click here to get your copy