'She was alright
when she left here’®️
About Belfast Maritime
Lagan Boat Company started over 23 years ago, operating both up the River Lagan and down into Belfast Harbour with the Titanic Story. The boats ceased operating at the start of the Covid pandemic in 2020 and all our collection of artefacts from Harland & Wolff and our own collections moved home. Derek and I are both avid collectors. We like industrial vintage maritime collectables, rusty metal, art and fabric.
When we started the Titanic tours an an elderly gentleman proudly proclaimed, ‘she was alright when she left here‘®️. Straightaway Derek said that is our Trademark/logo! We registered it and it is now found on the back of our exclusive Titanic T-Shirts. These T-Shirts have been shipped all over the world.
Harland & Wolff Abercorn Works Demolition
In early 2001 the industrial heartland of Harland & Wolff was demolished. From the Joyce Too we watched the destruction of these buildings daily. We were telling visitors out on the water about the design, building, fit-out and launching of the RMS Titanic as the heart of this vast area was being flattened. So much heritage in terms of architecture and industrial maritime history was destroyed at this time.
This area is now known as the Titanic Quarter and is home to the awarding winning tourist attraction Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic.
The Drawing Office
The ‘Titanic made in Belfast’ Festival in March 2002 marked the 90th Anniversary of the day the Titanic left Belfast for the first and last time. Harland & Wolff invited us to exhibit our Titanic Collection of books and artwork in Lord Pierre’s office in the derelict Drawing Office. The Drawing Office is now the iconic award-winning Titanic Hotel. Prior to the opening, we were pleased to supply the Titanic Hotel with Rigging Plans. These framed images of sections of various vessels are located in the hotel’s bedrooms showcasing a very different aspect of the many vessel Harland & Wolff built over the years.
About Belfast Maritime
We started the Charity Lagan Legacy along with friends and with the help of Heritage Lottery Fund, we recorded and researched the stories from the former shipyard workers.
These stories and part of the archive saved from Harland & Wolff now form part of the ‘Greatest Story Never Told’ downstairs on the Belfast Barge at Lanyon Quay, Belfast. The majority of the archive was returned to Harland & Wolff and we retained part of the collection which we now wish to share with collectors from around the world. In 2003 Derek received an OBE for his work in this field.