Many other local boats offering
day trips and excursions also operated along the lovely Dorset coast,
including the family of Dorset Belles built and operated by the Bolson
family for many years at the Skylark Boatyard in Poole (now part of RNLI).
One of the first post-war boats
Bolson's operated from the Pier was proudly given the name "Bournemouth
Belle" and from then on the little fleet were affectionately nicknamed "the
Dorset Belles" by the holidaymakers.
To this day the tradition of
pleasure cruises from the pier continue to the delight of Bournemouth
holidaymakers, along with regular seasonal visits by the paddle steamer
"Waverley" and her motorised companion "Balmoral"