The Finnieston Crane and the Clyde Arc bridge, over the River Clyde, Glasgow
Contributor:Alistair Scott / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:5150 x 3427 px | 43.6 x 29 cm | 17.2 x 11.4 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:25 July 2011
The Finnieston Crane, situated at the Stobcross Quay on the north bank of the River Clyde, was commissioned in 1926 by the Clyde Navigation Trust, the operators of the port and dock facilities in Glasgow. It was completed in 1932. It is a cantilever crane, measuring 50.24metres (165 ft) tall with a 77 metre (253 ft) cantilever jib . It has a lifting capacity of 175 tons. The crane's primary purpose was the lifting of heavy machinery, mainly railway engines, on to ships for export. With the decline of locomotive manufacturing and other heavy engineering in the city during the 1960s, use of the crane continued to decline and it fell completely into disuse in the early 1990s. Today the crane remains as a landmark, a Category A listed structure, and one of the most identifiable images of Glasgow. The crane was one of only around 60 giant cantilever cranes ever built worldwide. Now less than 15 remain in existence. The Clyde Arc bridge (known locally as the Squinty Bridge), is a road bridge spanning the River Clyde in Glasgow, in west central Scotland, connecting Finnieston, near the Clyde Auditorium and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, with Pacific Quay and Glasgow Science Centre in Govan.