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Finnieston Crane
Finnieston Crane
The Finnieston (or Stobcross) Crane is a perfect example of maritime engineering. It was built for one purpose only - to load Glasgow-built railway carriages onto ships to be transported all over the world.

Built in 1926 at the time it was the largest hammer-head crane anywhere in Europe (standing at 59 metres, 195 feet) and it was always in great demand.

Finnieston Crane
Finnieston Crane

Though it has been non-operational since early 90s it is still used for charity abseils and zip crossings of the river.

During 1988 Garden Festival a huge straw built locomotive was suspended from the crane as a nostalgic reminder. It is one of the emblems of Glasgow, partly for its iconic status in the cities industrial past and partly because of the way it still dominates the skyline.

Directions: from the crane continue along the riverside to the Rotunda. It's now a straight path all the way along to the Suspension Brideg at the end of the walk.

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