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Postby The_Clincher » Wed Jul 14, 2004 6:05 pm

Here are some pics i took on the Titan Crane at the former John Brown's Shipyard-
View of the lifting gear looking north east
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View from the dockside
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View looking downstream from the switchroom
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View from the top of stairway 1
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Main hoist switchgear
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A look inside the operators cab
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View from the turntable looking north east
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Postby Sharon » Wed Jul 14, 2004 6:08 pm

When and how did you get up the crane!???

Great photos!
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Postby The_Clincher » Wed Jul 14, 2004 6:12 pm

I was there on official business, Sharon :wink: My work (construction) takes me to such places....i will post some more when i shrink them etc :)
The site is protected by a barbed wire fence etc....but i had free reign by nature of business. Pics were taken today (14/7/04)
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Postby The_Clincher » Mon Jul 19, 2004 11:48 am

Few more pics as promised.........

Looking north from left side of cab
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Along the dockside looking west
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The crane was built in 1905 by Sir William Arroll. 99 years young!(The Crane :))
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Postby The_Clincher » Fri Jul 30, 2004 8:17 pm

Few new pics here from my most recent visit-

View of the switch room from the turntable-
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The Clincher at the Wheelhouse..155ft above The Clydeside! :wink:
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Atop the crane-

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View of a passing ship from from the crane-

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View upstream from the crane-

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Postby Pgcc93 » Sun Aug 01, 2004 12:29 am

Good to see some pics taken from the top of a landmark structure.
Here's my contrabution of crane pics....it was a long way down :?
NB: Safety rope wrapped around accelerator ::):
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Postby crusty_bint » Sun Aug 22, 2004 5:38 pm

Crazycullen wrote:Some Random pics of Clydebank........
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Speedbird wrote:Oh yes, Clydebank College, Ned Central.


By the way, have you been in one or two of the nearby pubs'??

Your pictures do not quite seem level somehow ;-)
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Postby The_Clincher » Sun Sep 26, 2004 12:27 pm

Couple of pics from John Brown's Yard in the 1930's....the Titan Crane from earlier posts in this thread are visible-

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Postby Sylvia » Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:46 am

glasgowlegends wrote:thanks..as with a lot ppl it seems, I think I have a fasination with tunnels! anyway...there is a pipe(large tho, bout 5 foot diameter), that runs through a hill at dalmuir park, altho not sure where it goes...


There is also the pedestrian tunnel under the railway line giving access to the park from the Glasgow Road area.Haven't been there for a while so don't know if its still open.
Clydebank library has a wonderful local history collection and is well worth visiting.
As a postscript to the posts about Singer's Clock,the actual hands from it finished up in Fleming's scrapyard in Yoker.My dad considered buying one but thought better of it.As far as I know they were never recycled from the scrapyard and the people who would be able to tell are now dead.
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Postby Speedbird » Mon Sep 27, 2004 1:43 am

Interesting.

What is to happen to the Titan Crane and, in fact, the whole site??


It would be great if the crane was preserved and restored like the Finneston crane.
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Postby crusty_bint » Mon Sep 27, 2004 2:11 am

Here's a snippet of whats in store for the site

http://www.clydebankrebuilt.co.uk/

and a proposal for the crane

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http://www.glasgowarchitecture.co.uk/titan_crane.htm
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Postby Speedbird » Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:01 am

Thanks - nice to know something is being done.

Mr Grandpa (on my Dad's side) was a foreman there at one point during the war.

It is said that their house was the only one in the street that didn't have its windows broken.
It was right there beside the yard on one of the streets apparently, so it must have been protected to an extent by the guns of the warships.

I'll have to ask my Dad about it.
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Postby escotregen » Mon Sep 27, 2004 9:02 am

One of the several responses I got to my recent letter in the Herald on WW2 reminded of a story of censorship over the Clydebank blitz. The office of the Greenock local newspaper was situated right in amongst the bombed out area. However, the editor was instructed by the wartime government censor that he must not identify that it was Clydebank he was writing about when his report was published. Other editors in Scotland were also warned not to identify Greenock as the attacked town. It must have had a weird effect on civilian morale when they realised they were not allowed to read about what they could see with their own eyes. On an incidental point Speedbird, your Grandpa's house would not have been protected by the navy guns... it's much more likely that bombers would be aiming at naval installations and ships with consequent damage and death for nearby civilians. This just shows even more that something must have been on your Grandparents' side for them to have escaped so lightly!
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Postby Speedbird » Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:15 pm

I really have to ask my Dad about that when he gets back, but you know how these stories can get embellished with time...........
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Postby DMcNay » Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:19 pm

escotregen wrote:One of the several responses I got to my recent letter in the Herald on WW2 reminded of a story of censorship over the Clydebank blitz. The office of the Greenock local newspaper was situated right in amongst the bombed out area. However, the editor was instructed by the wartime government censor that he must not identify that it was Clydebank he was writing about when his report was published. Other editors in Scotland were also warned not to identify Greenock as the attacked town.


I can confirm this. I've seen the front covers fo the Daily Record for the days concerned and they only go as far as mentioning "Clydeside" and "a town" and "a rural area". All very vague, and almost no pictures whatsoever.
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