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This building is in the Glasgow Council and the Glasgow Burgh. It is a category A building and was listed on 14/04/1989.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NS 5710 6515.


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.


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.


Information from Mr Brian Newman. THE DOCK AND HARBOUR AUTHORITY 1932 August No 142 vol xii pp 2-7.

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