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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 14/04/1989


  • Local Authority: Glasgow
  • Planning Authority: Glasgow
  • Burgh: Glasgow

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNS 57103 65151
  • Coordinates257103, 665151


1926, completed 1931 by Cowans Sheldon and Co Ltd under the

supervision of Daniel Fife Mechanical Engineer to the Clyde

Navigation Trust. 175 ton giant cantilever quayside crane.

Lattice, steel girder tower, with the only example of a

personnel lift ever fitted to a British crane; the tower

supports a roller track on which rotates the asymmetrical

cantilever truss gib with motor room and counter weight at

the short end. The only British crane ever fitted with a

horizontal rail for the Jigger hoist handling light loads.

Statement of Special Interest

In March 1928 proposals to build a high level of bridge over

the Clyde, which would have seriously interfered with the

working of the Clyde Navigation Trusts Finnieston crane, led

to the commissioning of a new crane 500 feet downstream for

which the Corporation agreed to pay 85% of the $69,000 plus,

cost. The bridge was not built but the Trustees got their

crane. It is also of considerable interest that Arrols, the

local firm and the one with the greatest experience in the

field of giant cantilevered cranes did not win the contract.

Of the 42 or so giant cantilever cranes built throughout the

world Arrols constructed 40. In Britain 27 of these giant

cranes were built, 15 survive, 7 only remain in Scotland.

The Stobcross Crane, apart from the original features noted,

is one of only 3 cranes of the type built for port

authorities. Because of its prominent site it symbolises

more than any of the others, Glasgow's past industrial

greatness. It is not (1988) in full working order.



Information from Mr Brian Newman. THE DOCK AND HARBOUR

AUTHORITY 1932 August No 142 vol xii pp 2-7.

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Listed Buildings

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