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Finnieston Crane

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The Finnieston Crane is a landmark in Glasgow and a symbol of the city''s engineering heritage, dating from 1932.

Connected to a spur of the Stobcross Railway, the crane''s primary purpose was to lift massive boilers and engines onto new ships; at the time Glasgow was one of the leading shipbuilding cities in the world. With the decline of the shipbuilding industry, the crane survived with a secondary use, loading heavy machinery – mainly Springburn''s then renowned locomotives – for export. With the downturn in seafaring trade, use of the crane continued to decline and it fell completely into disuse in the early 1990s.

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