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Report - The Finnieston Crane- Glasgow- April 2013

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by Umbra, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. Umbra

    Umbra 28DL Full Member
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    Intro
    On a dark rainy night in Glasgow I made my way towards this hulking giant off Glasgow's industrial past. Access required nerves of steel and some delicate climbing; especially as the Strictly Come Dancing Tour was on at the SECC that night. But standing on top of the crane in 30mph wind with the rain falling, I considered the rewards were worth it!

    History-
    The Finnieston Crane (also known as the Stobcross Crane) is the largest of the hammerhead cranes, of which four remain along the river. The last to be built, it was erected in 1931 especially to load huge locomotives, a major export and Glasgow’s second most important engineering industry. It is still in working order.

    The crane’s capacity was 175 tons. It is 175 ft high with a 152 ft jib which could make a full revolution, of 1,000 ft at the tip of the jib, in 3½ minutes. It was built by the Carlisle firm Cowans, Sheldon & Co. At the time it was the largest hammerhead crane in Europe.


    The Finnieston Crane in 1955-

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  2. Moose

    Moose Exploring Junkie
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    Very nicely done, and awesome pictures! Stuff like this takes balls a lot of people dont have :thumb
     
  3. latentux

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    The picture with the train makes you realise just how big that crane is. Brilliant set of photos. :thumb
     
  4. FaZy_UK

    FaZy_UK 28DL Regular User
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    I would love to have climbed this when I was in Glasgow.

    Top work!
     
  5. pantomime horse

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    nicely done there. balls of steel prize for going up there in wind and rain.
     
  6. wellingtonian

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    Good job. Great shots :thumb
     
  7. Alfox

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    Excellent pics mate! Really want to give this one a bash... site report to follow soonish! :)
     
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