Heavy lifting

The Fairbairn steam crane was ordered in 1875 as the docks at the time had no heavy lift capacity. It was completed in August 1878 at a cost of £3,600. For most of its existence it was underused being rapidly overtaken by improvements in hydraulic and then electric crane technology. However it was heavily used during World War 2 when it lifted many landing craft, making over two thousand lifts in three years. It has now been restored and can be seen in action during special events.
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StoneRoad2013 said:

Thanks for posting, that view brings back a few memories !
14 months ago