STOBCROSS QUAY, STOBCROSS CRANE, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS FINNIESTON CRANE (Ref:33285)
This building is in the Glasgow, City Of Council and the
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 6517.
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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