Finnieston Crane, Glasgow

Tonight, I am reporting on the Finnieston Crane which is now an important Glasgow (Scotland) landmark.This is illustrated in the far left of the image below.

River Clyde, Glasgow

This now Category ‘A’ listed magnificent piece of engineering dates from 1932 when it was constructed by Cowans Sheldon & Company of Carlisle, England at cost about GBP52,000.

During Glasgow’s heyday as major ship builder the crane was used to lift heavy items into new build ships and also items such as locomotives onto ships for export.

The crane is of the cantilever category and extends to 195 feet in height.

Finnieston Crane, Glasgow

The name Finnieston is a misnomer as the crane is actually sited on Stobcross Quay.

The crane is now rarely used for lifting but forms an integral part of the Glasgow skyline.

More information

For more information on Glasgow, other Scottish cities and Scotland from a visitor perspective please refer Visitors’ Guide to Scotland, ISBN 978-1-9161332-0-4. This publication is also available via Kindle.



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