J3575 : Old steam cranes, Titanic Quarter, Belfast (June 2017)

taken 6 years ago, near to Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Old steam cranes, Titanic Quarter, Belfast (June 2017)
Old steam cranes, Titanic Quarter, Belfast (June 2017)
The rusting remains of two old Harland & Wolff steam cranes behind the Titanic Studios (the former paint hall) – an area with no public access.
Their existence was known to shipyard employees in the days when Harlands were still building ships.
More information available from this website LinkExternal link from which this is an extract “Steam cranes were an indispensable part of shipbuilding in Belfast, with records of their use dating back to the 1870s. The three steam cranes in question, called the ‘Wee’ Cranes by some, were manufactured by Thomas Smith & Sons of Rodley (West Yorkshire) for Harland and Wolff, and are the only survivors of the many cranes that served the shipyard and the Harbour estate. Purpose built for the small railway that served the shipyard, they were the last steam cranes built by Smith & Sons, and among the last steam cranes ever built in Britain.
The North Crane VS23 was ordered from Smith & Sons in 1941, primarily to assist with building ships for the war effort and is the oldest of the three cranes. The Middle Crane VS81 and the South Crane VS82 were ordered in 1957 and delivered the following year. They were all destined to work in the Victoria Yard, but as the yards were all interconnected by a small railway, ended up at the Thompson Dock. They were used up until 1989 when they were decommissioned and stored at the Thompson Dock, and then at the Titanic Studios, overlooking the remaining railway lines they used to run along.”.
They are expected to become a feature of the Titanic Walkway and are described by the design engineers as “The proposal co–exists with some of the remaining industrial archaeology of the site, including rails for old steam cranes and the defunct steam cranes themselves.”
The Titanic Walkway, Belfast

A pedestrian path in part of the Titanic Quarter not previously accessible to the public.
Built in accordance with the following planning permissions:
Z/2014/1714/F (approved 9 March 2016) “Construction of a new pedestrian walkway along Victoria Wharf linking Titanic Slipway to Alexandra Dock. Victoria Wharf Titanic Quarter Queens Road Queens Island Belfast BT3 9DT” and LA04/2016/2430/F (approved 19 January 2017) “Installation of Mew Island Optic within transparent structure. Victoria Wharf Titanic Quarter Queens Road Queens Island Belfast BT3 9DT”.
The optic is one originally installed in Mew Island lighthouse LinkExternal link.
Hall McKnight (architects) describe the scheme as “This project is located in the historic area of the Harland and Wolff Shipyard where the Titanic was built. The proposal is for a boardwalk that connects the urban park of the Titanic Signature Project to the Alexandra Dock and the historic Pump House. The proposal co–exists with some of the remaining industrial archaeology of the site, including rails for old steam cranes and the defunct steam cranes themselves.
3 sheet steel pavilions create resting positions from which the city, the hills and the horizon may be viewed. Each pavilion is based on grids of 3 distinct triangles of equal area”.

The Titanic Quarter, Belfast

A selection of photographs showing some of the buildings and the undeveloped sites in the Titanic Quarter, Belfast. The area includes 185 acres of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard. The new buildings cover a range of uses including apartments, offices, hotel, a college, the Public Record Office for Northern Ireland and the “Titanic Belfast”.

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J3575, 1026 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Tuesday, 27 June, 2017   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 27 June, 2017
Geographical Context
Derelict, Disused  Construction, Development  Industry  Docks, Harbours 
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Irish: geotagged! J 353 757 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.7152N 5:54.3853W
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Irish: geotagged! J 352 756
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Titanic Quarter  Harland & Wolff  Cranes  Steam Cranes (Disused)  Path Under Construction 

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