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South Kessock, Thornbush Quay, Sheer Legs

A Category B Listed Building in Inverness Central, Highland

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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

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 379968

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB35390

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Inverness

County: Highland

Town: Inverness

Electoral Ward: Inverness Central

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

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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.

Statement of Interest

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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