J3575 : Steam cranes and ship, Belfast

taken 15 years ago, near to Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Steam cranes and ship, Belfast
Steam cranes and ship, Belfast
The steam cranes on the right were manufactured by the Leeds based engineering company Smith & Rodley. They are presently sited at Victoria Wharf behind the old paint hall off the Queen’s Road in Belfast docks J3575 : Paint Hall, Belfast docks close to where the shipyard of Workman Clark & Co was once based J3173 : Workman memorial, Belfast City Cemetery. Workman Clark ceased operations in 1937 and its shipbuilding facilities at the Victoria Yard were taken over by Harland and Wolff. Around fifty of these steam cranes, of which only three remain, used to operate around Queen's Island on a dedicated rail track system to be utilized in areas where larger cranes could not access. The steam cranes also worked at the Thompson Graving Dock servicing the outfitting of RMS Titanic J3576 : Thompson Graving Dock.

The ship is the RMS 'Queen Elizabeth 2', calling to the port as part of her farewell tour prior to being withdrawn from service. Her final voyage will be from Southampton to Dubai, leaving on 11 November 2008. After arrival, she will be refurbished and berthed permanently at the Palm Jumeirah from 2009 as a "luxury floating hotel, retail, museum and entertainment destination."

The 'QE2' was built by the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders in the John Brown Shipyard in Clydebank, Scotland. Her keel was laid down on 5 July 1965, as hull number 736, and was launched and named on 20 September 1967 by Queen Elizabeth II. She was flagship of the Cunard line from 1969 until succeeded by RMS 'Queen Mary 2' in 2004. The 'QE2' weighs in at 70,327gt, is 293.5m in length and has a maximum capacity for 1,892 passengers and 1,015 officers and crew. See LinkExternal link for some related images.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 4 October, 2008   (more nearby)
Saturday, 4 October, 2008
Vehicles > Cranes   (more nearby)
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Irish: geotagged! J 353 758 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.7416N 5:54.3560W
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Irish: geotagged! J 353 757
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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