A NOT SO COMMON VIEW OF THE FAMOUS CRANES [SAMSON AND GOLIATH IN BELFAST]

    A NOT SO COMMON VIEW OF THE FAMOUS CRANES [SAMSON AND GOLIATH IN BELFAST]


    I must admit that I thought that these cranes were much older than they actually are. In fact I would consider them to be modern structures.

     
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    Samson and Goliath are the twin shipbuilding gantry cranes situated at Queen’s Island, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The cranes, which were named after the Biblical figures Samson and Goliath, dominate the Belfast skyline and are landmark structures of the city. Comparative newcomers to the city, the cranes rapidly came to symbolise Belfast in a way that no building or monument had hitherto done.

    The cranes are situated in the shipyard of Harland & Wolff and were constructed by the German engineering firm Krupp, with Goliath being completed in 1969 and Samson, in 1974. Goliath stands 96 metres (315 ft) tall, while Samson is taller at 106 metres (348 ft). Goliath, the smaller of the two sits slightly further inland closer to Belfast City. At the time Harland & Wolff was one of the largest shipbuilders in the world. The announcement that they were to be built was an important event at the time. Contrary to popular belief, the cranes did not host the RMS Titanic as they were built much later.


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