Barge retires to Lagan after 150 years of toil

The Industry Barge.

The Industry Barge.

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A 150-year-old barge which travelled Ulster waterways in support of the linen industry and two world war efforts has returned to the Lagan in Belfast as a tourist attraction.

The vessel, named ‘Industry’, had fallen into disrepair and ended up abandoned on waste ground beside the River Shannon in Co Roscommon.

Now it is being restored and has been returned to the Lagan in Belfast where it once hauled heavy loads – but this time as a cultural attraction.


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