J3575 : The most famous cranes in Belfast
near to Queens Island, Ballymacarret, Sydenham, Skegoneill and Cliftonville, Ireland
The Harland and Wolff Building Dock, Belfast
The building dock in Belfast was constructed between 1968-1970 by George Wimpey & Company for the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. A massive 556 metres long by 93 metres wide, it was designed for the construction of massive crude oil tankers and bulkers. Although many ships were constructed here, including supertankers of 333,000 tonnes, the yard was in decline by the early 1970s and the dock never really fulfilled its potential. The last ship to be constructed was the 'Anvil Point' in 2003 and the yard now specialising in ship repair and the emerging renewable energies sector, notably offshore wind turbines and tidal energy projects.
Towering above the dock are the two gantry cranes 'Samson' and 'Goliath'. Now landmarks on the Belfast skyline, the cranes were constructed for the yard by the German firm Krupp. Goliath, completed in 1969, stands at 96 metres and Samson, completed in 1974, is taller at 106 metres.
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- Date Taken
- Wednesday, 16 February, 2011 (more nearby)
- Wednesday, 16 February, 2011
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- Subject Location
Irish: J 358 755 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.5725N 5:53.9282W
- Photographer Location
- Irish: J 365 763
- View Direction
- Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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