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Cantilever Crane, James Watt Dock, Greenock

A Category A Listed Building in Greenock, Inverclyde

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Latitude: 55.9439 / 55°56'38"N

Longitude: -4.7305 / 4°43'49"W

OS Eastings: 229574

OS Northings: 675685

OS Grid: NS295756

Mapcode National: GBR 0D.YK8H

Mapcode Global: WH2MB.9VMP

Plus Code: 9C7QW7V9+HQ

Entry Name: Cantilever Crane, James Watt Dock, Greenock

Listing Name: Greenock, James Watt Dock, Titan Cantilever Crane

Listing Date: 14 April 1989

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 378395

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB34175

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Greenock

County: Inverclyde

Town: Greenock

Electoral Ward: Inverclyde East Central

Traditional County: Renfrewshire

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1917 by Sir William Arrol and Co Ltd for the Greenock
Harbour Trust. 150 ton grant, steel cantilever crane on the S
side of James Watt Dock. Lattice girder tower supporting
roller track on which rotates the asymmetrical cantilever
truss gib with motor room and counter weight at short end.

Statement of Interest

Constructed during the 1st World War then there was

great competition for materials. This crane was a

considerable achievement and is (1988) still in complete

working order. About 42 giant cantilevered cranes were

constructed world wide and the Glasgow firm of Arrols were

responsible for 40. 27 were located in Britain, 15 survive

but 7 (1988) are at serious risk. In Scotland 7 remain at

the 2 Arrol cranes at Rosyth are under Threat (1988).

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