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250 Ton Floating Crane

The crane was used on the Manchester Ship Canal (MSC) from 1937 until the steam boiler safety certificate ran out in 2001. After twenty years of being laid up at Runcorn the crane was sold and the new owners arranged to tow it to Newcastle Upon Tyne. It has been rumoured that the crane will become either a museum or a floating bar/restaurant. The crane was being towed by the tug GT Victory of London when off the East Anglian coast it started taking on water and headed for port at Great Yarmouth, arriving on Friday 23rd. July. The stern was pumped out and a survey was carried out after five day in port on Wednesday 28th. July. The crane finally left port on Monday 2nd. August to continue it's tow to Newcastle. Name: The 250 Ton Crane Vessel type: Non self moving floating steam crane Home port: Manchester Length overall: 147 ft. (44.8 m) Beam: 44 ft. 3 in. (13.48 m) Minimum height: 69 ft. (21 m) Draught: 6 ft. 6 in. (2 m) Gross displacement: 600 tons Boiler: RT Scotch type Boiler builder: Lilybank Boiler Works, Glasgow, Scotland. Fuel: coal. Year built: 1937 Engines: 1 x 100 hp (75 kW) 1 x 53.5 hp (40 kW) Purpose: Electric drive to crane 2 x small engines Purpose: For dynamo & air compressor Engine builders: Ashworth & Parker Ltd, Bury, Lancashire Year built: 1937 Various pumps built by Drysdale, G. & J. Weir and Hayward Tyler Warping drums and deck winches built by Clarke Chapman Floating crane builder: N.V. Werf Gusto, Schiedam, Netherlands. Year built: 1937 Construction: Steel Ex owner: Manchester Ship Canal Co.

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  • You have found my crane!!! Great shot Jack and great info - well done. Looks better already.
    • Thanks Howard . it must of be coming up here when you snapped her.
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