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Latitude: 57.4894 / 57°29'21"N
Longitude: -4.2372 / 4°14'13"W
OS Eastings: 265994
OS Northings: 846556
OS Grid: NH659465
Mapcode National: GBR H8XX.V4D
Mapcode Global: WH3FB.W0GX
Entry Name: South Kessock, Thornbush Quay, Sheer Legs
Listing Date: 14 February 1990
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 379968
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB35390
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Inverness Central
Traditional County: Inverness-shire
Probably 1909 erected by Rose Street Foundry Co Ltd.
This apparatus consists of a pair of angled front stays each
about 12m long, with the lower ends pivoted on the quay edge,
5.5m apart, and brought together at their upper ends with
a back stay of greater length but of similar riveted steel
construction. The lower end of the back stay can be moved
along a screw to incline the front stays over the quay
wall. A hoist, powered by the same motor as the screw, is
used to raise and lower a pulley block with a hook capable
of lifting 25 tons. The electrically driven mechanisms are
housed in a small corrugated-iron hut.
It is the last of its kind in Scotland and probably in Great
Britain. The type was much used for heavy lifting from the
mid 19th century until around 1900, when heavy-lift electric
cranes were introduced.
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