Giant Cantilever Crane


The Giant Cantilever Crane at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in the Port of Nagasaki is a major landmark in the city. The Glasgow Electric Crane and Hoist Company designed the crane, which was manufactured and then erected on site in 1909 by the Motherwell Bridge Company. It has now been in constant use for more than 100 years. Giant cantilever cranes are designed to carry the heaviest loads gently and with immense accuracy. Once a symbol of a thriving shipyard, only 11 such cranes survive worldwide – and just three are still functioning. The site was documented in 2014 as the final project in the Scottish Ten program.


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