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Barge rescue could hint at a new wave of Lagan living

It reads like the plot of a gentle, old-time novel. A couple rescue the rusting hulk of a barge, transport it at great expense from Scotland to Northern Ireland and transform it into one of the most unusual and desirable residences in the province.

Now moored in the Lagan, it boasts two high-finished apartments and has unrivalled views of the city's waterfront. The transformation of the barge shows what can be done with a powerful imagination - and deep pockets. Perhaps it will set a trend, just as the first buildings in the docklands helped create a whole new commercial, leisure and residential hub for the city. Now the Lagan could become Belfast's Little Amsterdam.

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