November 2017 Picture of the Month

 

Sir William Arrol's giant electric-powered cantilever crane – the first in the world – has now towered over John Brown's shipyard in Clydebank for 110 years. Today, with the shipyard long gone, the crane has been restored and is a spectacular tourist attraction since lift access to the jib was installed just a few years ago. The huge crane, which could lift loads of up to 200 tons and was the biggest on the Clyde, originally cost £24,600 to build in 1907, and £3.75M to restore a century later. Inside the winchouse at the end of the jib, the original machinery is all still in place. Just our luck, however, that on the day of our visit the lift was out of service awaiting some repairs to the backup generator, so we had to climb 242 steps up a spiral staircase to the top. Well worth the effort, however.

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