Silurian sailing off St Kilda during the summer of 2006
Silurian sailing off St Kilda during the summer of 2006
Volunteers conduct visual and acoustic surveys each year from April through to September
Volunteers conduct visual and acoustic surveys each year from April through to September
Silurian anchored in the Southern Hebrides in 2007
Silurian anchored in the Southern Hebrides in 2007

Silurian

Silurian is HWDT’s dedicated research and education vessel. Silurian has been owned and operated by HWDT since 2001, and was previously used in the filming of The Blue Planet. Large and sturdy, this is the perfect vessel for travelling the Hebrides conducting scientific survey and education work.

About Silurian:

  • 16m Skoochum One ketch built in Seattle in 1979
  • Berths ten people, with full facilities for life onboard
  • Fully equipped as a research vessel with crow’s nest for observations, computer systems and hydrophone for detecting cetacean vocalisations
  • 2.3m draft, 33 ton displacement with 134 hp Perkins Sabre engine
  • Navigational equipment includes echo-sounder, Global Positioning System (GPS) and electronic chart plotter

Onboard Silurian Blog

Most weeks from April to October Silurian is either monitoring the waters of the west coast of Scotland for whales, dolphins, and porpoises, or visiting Hebridean schools as a floating classroom.

Keep in touch with HWDT’s scientists, education team and volunteers as they travel the waters of the Hebrides. We update the blog as often as possible over the summer months, so you can find out where we’ve been and the wildlife we have encountered. Visit the 'Onboard Silurian' blog.

Research Onboard Silurian

Onboard, our team of scientists and volunteers are conducting visual and acoustic surveys to find out more about the distribution, abundance, movements and behaviour of whales, dolphins, porpoises, and other fauna such as basking sharks, seals and seabirds.

For more information visit our 'Research Onboard Silurian' section.