Made in Sunderland - Ideas, Inventors, Innovators, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, September 11, 2pm-3.30pm An illustrated talk celebrating the people and companies associated with Sunderland that have helped to shape and make the world in which we live including the invention of the diesel engine, cantilever crane
, hydraulic crane, miner's safety lamp and rope making machine; and people such as Dr Clanny, Frederick Crawley, TE Harrison, James Hartley, John Lilburne, Sir Joseph Swan, and Sir Tom Cowie.
The 1,450-tonne Stothert & Pitt hammerhead cantilever crane
, built in the 1970s and used by the Royal Navy to refuel submarines, had come to the end of its design life.
Below, Brian with fellow worker, Tadey Zellwak, in the 1970s; MAJESTIC: The 250-ton Electric Cantilever Crane
, known to everyone as the Hammer-head crane, towers over the shipyard.
Loadswift's cantilever crane
can lift 2.5t over 120m at a speed of 30m per minute, while a set of rolling, material handling platforms can handle most loads.
UNTIL OCTOBER 22 Take a lift to the top of century-old Titan, the world's oldest giant cantilever crane
, for a birdseye view of Clydebank - then see photos and films of its history down in the Wheelhouse.
Devonport's bosses have decided that the Stothert and Pitt-made hammerhead cantilever crane
has reached the end of its life.
He said: "The combination of a stack of Xena rolling platforms and the XC 12 cantilever crane
allowed us to load far more quickly than would have been possible with any other system.