About The Boat

A Boat With A Rich History

The "Sula II", commonly referred to as "Sula", is an open wooden passenger boat that carries visitors from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.

Built as a traditional wooden clinker in the 1960s, she's had a rich and varied history as a working fishing boat and a tourist boat. Before being aquired by the current skiller and coming to Dorset she carried visitors from North Berwick harbour in East Lothian, Scotland around the island bird colonies of Bass Rock, Fidra and Craigleith. After opening the Scottish Seabird Centre in 2000, The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) enjoyed a tour around the islands on board Sula II, while famous naturalists including Sir David Attenborough and Terry Nutkins have boarded the boat. An estimated 8,000 tourists take a trip on Sula each year.

The name "Sula" comes from the Latin Sula bassanus, a species of gannet - tens of thousands of which inhabit the Bass Rock.

  • 1964Construction

    Sula II is a clinker built vessel made of Honduras mahogany built in Norfolk.
  • 1964-1971 Norfolk Fishing

    She is used as a mackerel fishing vessel in the winter and an excursion launch in Summer.
  • 1972Bass Rock, Scotland

    Bought by Fred Marr of North Berwick and moved north to Scotland. Here she is used for a combination of lobster fishing and passenger trips to the Bass Rock.