A SAND dredger built at Appledore Shipyard in 1987 returned to North Devon for the second time in two months on Tuesday when it delivered a cargo to Yelland Jetty.
The MV Welsh Piper made its run into the Taw and Torridge estuary on Tuesday afternoon before unloading and departing later in the evening.
The ship took just a couple of hours to discharge its cargo of rough grade sand, which was taken from the jetty to a concrete plant storage area.
The sand was dredged from the seabed in the Bristol Channel.
When the Piper last visited Yelland, at the end of February, Bideford harbour master Roger Hoad said: "The excellent ship has a single screw and bowthruster and an efficient bucket and conveyor discharge system."
He also said the cargo on that occasion had been worth around £15,000 and had saved "plenty" or road miles by delivering directly to Yelland.
He said: "Her arrival has saved 50 to 80 lorry journeys, normally from Appledore to Yelland and return. The sand will last, perhaps, for two months."