Belfast & Northern Ireland

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Harland & Wolff Cranes

crane at h&w harland and wolff belfast

Wherever you go in the city there's no escaping Samson and Goliath, two giant, moveable yellow cranes looming over what was once the world's biggest shipyard. These engineering heavyweights stand at 96m and 106m high, 140m wide and were built in 1969 and 1974 respectively. Despite the demise of Belfast's shipbuilding industry, they have been preserved as historic monuments. Unfortunately only the chosen few can take the lift to their summit for spectacular views across the city. So, for now, resign youself to enjoying Belfast's most iconic landmarks from ground level.

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Over a year ago
Michael Davidson
Northern Ireland,
I am so pleased that these have been preserved as national monuments.I worked in the shipyard for 17years and had the honour to stock take the spares kept in the store on Goliath,this took a week to do.So much of the shipyard has vanished but I think these two fantastic cranes are constant reminders of what used to be.Thank you
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