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Even before Lagan Boat Company started 20 years ago, both Derek Booker and myself were avid collectors of vintage collectables, art, fabric, paintings – you name it, if it had a boat in it we had bought it! Once the Boat Company started, our collection grew and thankfully we had space to hold it! In early 2001 we saved an archive of documents from destruction when the Abercorn Engineering Yard, Harland & Wolff was being demolished. The majority of this archive was both given back to Harland & Wolff and donated to the Charity Lagan Legacy, which we, along with friends started and is now on display on the Belfast Barge – with the ‘Greatest Story Never Told’ exhibition.
Just over five years ago, we moved into our Shop / Ticket Office on Donegal Quay and decided to display, add to and sell our collection and in more recent times have an online presence with Maritime Collectables and of course other things we like.
In addition, we have supplied the film industry with props and boats and in more recent times the Titanic Hotel, Belfast with Rigging Plans of Harland & Wolff’s early vessels. This is only the starting point and documents and products will be added to this site on a regular basis. Enjoy!
Film Industry Props and Boat Hire supplied to:
Titanic with Len Goodman
The Lost City of Z
My Mother and Other Strangers
Penelope Keith at her Majesty’s Service
Professor Alice Robert’s new documentary -details still to be released!