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Report - Inchgreen Crane - May 2012

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by BenCooper, May 7, 2012.

  1. BenCooper

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    Inchgreen is a large drydock in Port Glasgow, on the Firth of Clyde - built to handle the largest ships of the '60s, it's still owned by BAE Systems and used occasionally. There are three lovely big level-luffing cranes. I've climbed the Inchgreen cranes before, but I wasn't entirely happy with the images I got shooting handheld, so kept meaning to go back.

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    The target was the one on the right, built by Arrols. As you can see, this is still a live site, and the cranes were in a different position to last time.

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    The long climb up:

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    I remembered that it was a big ladder - what I forgot was the handrails - or lack of them. The mesh platforms up top are two feet wide at their widest, with a handrail on only one side - sometimes. I was, frankly, terrified, but managed a couple of shots:

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    Then descended, realising I'm getting too old for this lark :)

    One final shot of a crane, 'cos it's pretty:

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    Images from all visits are in my Flickr set...

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    Confusingly, the cranes have been upgraded I think - these cranes are different.

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