Welcome to Lagan Boat Company, home to the World's only provider of authentic Titanic Harbour Boat Tours and Parties around the Shipyards of Harland & Wolff, Belfast and down the coast of Holywood, Co Down.
Established in 1998 by Derek Booker and Joyce Anderson, we were the first tourist attraction to venture from sailing up and down the River Lagan into Belfast Harbour with the Titanic Story and since then, the interest from people all over the world has been phenomenal. Our regisitered trademark sums up the Titanic story as we see it 'she was alright when she left here®'!
Over the years we have observed, listened and photographed the many changes to Belfast Harbour, namely the gradual move from industrial shipbuilding architecture of Harland & Wolff to the newly founded Titanic Quarter. It was during the period of demolition, 12 years ago that we saved an important collection of ships plans and drawings from being burned. As a result we formed the Charity, Lagan Legacy which now operates the Belfast Barge, located further up the river at Lanyon Quay, close to the Waterfront Hall. On board the Belfast Barge, the permanent Exhibition is named 'The Greatest Story Never Told' details the shipbuilding trades, by photographs,plans, oral histories and artifacts that went into building these great vessels such as the Titanic. Admission to this Exhibtion is free (donations welcome)!
In recognition of his contribution to Maritime and Industrial History in Northern Ireland, Derek Booker, the founder of the Company and Charity received an OBE from Prince Charles on Wednesday 23rd October 2013.
Our public daily boat tours now delves in and out of the old stories of the past along with all the new Belfast Port developments such as City Quays, Dong and the new cruise liner berth on it's journey down into the Harbour and around to Musgrave Channel to see Belfast's only seal colony in the summer months.
We operate both the Mona and Joyce Too in the Harbour and both are fully insured and licensed by the Maritime Coastguard Agency to carry 76 and 58 passengers respectively. Both have enclosed areas with a variety of lights, heater and toilet facilities on board.
Mona out in Belfast Lough at sunset.