W.F. Bullen was the President of B.C. Marine Railway Company (Esquimalt, B.C.) established in 1893 and sold to Yarrows Ltd. in 1914. H.F. Bullen was the managing director. The company was involved with shipbuilding, marine railways, marine repair, and salvage work. Mrs. W.F. Bullen was granddaughter to Sir James Douglas, and the Bullen family was related to Sir John Commerell, V.C., Crimean War.