J3575 : The most famous cranes in Belfast
near to Ballymacarret, Queens Island, Sydenham, Belfast County Borough and Shankill, 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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- Monday, 13 August, 2012 (more nearby)
- Tuesday, 14 August, 2012
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Irish: J 355 750 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.3459N 5:54.2278W
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- Irish: J 352 748
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- Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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