Top engineering award for Clydebank's Titan Crane

05 Jul 2012

A prestigious engineering award has been given to The Titan Crane at Clydebank to recognise its status as the oldest crane of its type in the world.

The crane received an Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Heritage Award.  The award was presented to members of the Titan Clydebank Trust board on Thursday. Previous winners include Tower Bridge in London, the Vulcan bomber and the Paddle Steamer Waverley.

The Titan Crane was built in 1907 by Sir William Arrol & Co at a cost of £24,600.  The crane was used to lift heavy equipment at John Brown shipyard on the River Clyde and helped with the construction of warships and vessels such as the Luistania and the QE2.

In 2007, the historic structure underwent a £3m restoration which saw the crane revamped as a tourist attraction and museum about shipbuilding in Clydebank. The refurbishment included a lift which was installed to bring visitors up to the Titan's 150-ft high jib platform.

John Wood MBE, chairman of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' heritage committee, said: "The Clydebank Titan Crane is a magnificent example of mechanical engineering, which forms an integral part of the local landscape.

"This award is being presented to the Titan Crane to celebrate its position as the oldest crane of its type in existence. The Clydebank Titan is one of only 13 Titan cranes that remain in the world.

"This award doesn't just celebrate the great work of Sir William Arrol and Company and the team who built the crane but also an award to celebrate the fantastic work of Clydebank re-built to restore it and open it up to the public."

Source: BBC News - Top engineering award for Clydebank's Titan Crane


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