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Finnieston Cantilever Crane, Stobcross Quay, Glasgow

A Category A Listed Building in Glasgow, Glasgow

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Latitude: 55.8583 / 55°51'29"N

Longitude: -4.2846 / 4°17'4"W

OS Eastings: 257103

OS Northings: 665151

OS Grid: NS571651

Mapcode National: GBR 0DM.KP

Mapcode Global: WH3P8.40ZS

Plus Code: 9C7QVP58+85

Entry Name: Finnieston Cantilever Crane, Stobcross Quay, Glasgow

Listing Name: Stobcross Quay, Stobcross Crane, Otherwise Known As Finnieston Crane

Listing Date: 14 April 1989

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 376891

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB33285

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Glasgow

County: Glasgow

Town: Glasgow

Electoral Ward: Anderston/City/Yorkhill

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

Tagged with: Hammerhead crane

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1926, completed 1931 by Cowans Sheldon and Co Ltd under the
supervision of Daniel Fife Mechanical Engineer to the Clyde
Navigation Trust. 175 ton giant cantilever quayside crane.
Lattice, steel girder tower, with the only example of a
personnel lift ever fitted to a British crane; the tower
supports a roller track on which rotates the asymmetrical
cantilever truss gib with motor room and counter weight at
the short end. The only British crane ever fitted with a
horizontal rail for the Jigger hoist handling light loads.

Statement of Interest

In March 1928 proposals to build a high level of bridge over

the Clyde, which would have seriously interfered with the

working of the Clyde Navigation Trusts Finnieston crane, led

to the commissioning of a new crane 500 feet downstream for

which the Corporation agreed to pay 85% of the $69,000 plus,

cost. The bridge was not built but the Trustees got their

crane. It is also of considerable interest that Arrols, the

local firm and the one with the greatest experience in the

field of giant cantilevered cranes did not win the contract.

Of the 42 or so giant cantilever cranes built throughout the

world Arrols constructed 40. In Britain 27 of these giant

cranes were built, 15 survive, 7 only remain in Scotland.

The Stobcross Crane, apart from the original features noted,

is one of only 3 cranes of the type built for port

authorities. Because of its prominent site it symbolises

more than any of the others, Glasgow's past industrial

greatness. It is not (1988) in full working order.

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