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Samson and Goliath

Samson and Goliath are twin shipbuilding gantry cranes situated at Queen's Island, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The cranes dominate the Belfast skyline and are landmark structures of the city. Men from Francisco de Orellanas expedition building a small brigantine, the San Pedro, to be used in the search for food Shipbuilding is the construction of ships. ... Crane or Cranes may refer to any of the following: A crane is a piece of industrial machinery used for hoisting and handling materials, working on tall buildings, excavation with a clam bucket or dragline, pile driving, or loading and unloading cargo/containers onto and off of ships/rail cars. ... Belfast (Béal Feirste in Irish) is a city in the United Kingdom. ... Dieu et mon droit (Royal motto) (French for God and my right)3 Northern Irelands location within the UK Official languages English, Irish, Ulster Scots Capital and largest city Belfast First Minister Office suspended Area  - Total Ranked 4th 13,843 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 4th 1,685...

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History

The cranes are situated in the shipyard of Harland & Wolff, builders of the RMS Titanic. The cranes were constructed by the German engineering firm Krupp, with Goliath being completed in 1969 and Samson in 1974. At the time Harland & Wolff remained one of the largest shipbuilders in the world, with the yard's eventual demise some years off. The announcement that they were to be built was an important event at the time. It signalled that one of Northern Ireland's largest employers was to expand at a time when the country's Troubles were raging, and subsequently inward investment was at a low. Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries began as a shipyard located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ... The New York Herald reports the disaster. ... German industrial company ThyssenKrupp AG, with about 200,000 employees, mainly operates in the steel industry, but also in the automotive, industrial construction, and shipbuilding areas, as well as manufacturing lifts and providing other technologies and services. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... The Troubles is a term used to describe two periods of violence in Ireland during the twentieth century. ... Inward investment is the injection of money from an external source into a region, in order to purchase capital goods for a branch of a corporation to locate or develop its presence in the region. ...


Construction

Each crane has a span of 140 metres and can lift loads of up to 840 tonnes to a height of 70 metres, making a combined lifting capacity of over 1600 tonnes, one of the largest in the world. Prior to commissioning the cranes were tested up to 1000 tonnes, which bent the gantry downwards by over 30 centimetres. The dry dock at the base of the cranes is the largest in the world. metre or meter, see meter (disambiguation) The metre is the basic unit of length in the International System of Units. ... A tonne (also called metric ton) is a non-SI unit of mass, accepted for use with SI, defined as: 1 tonne = 103 kg (= 106 g). ... cm redirects here, alternate uses: cm (disambiguation) A centimetre (symbol cm; American spelling: centimeter) is an SI unit of length. ...


Decline of Harland & Wolff

At it's height Harland & Wolff boasted 35,000 employees and a healthy order book, but in the years following the cranes' construction the workforce and business declined. The last ship to be launched at the yard was a roll-on roll-off ferry in March 2003. Since then the yard has remodelled itself to work on ship repair and conversion work, ship design and bridge building. Initially there was concern that the now redundant cranes would be demolished. However later in the year they were scheduled as historic monuments under Article 3 of the Historic Monuments and Archaeological Objects (Northern Ireland) Order 1995. The Pride of Burgundy, a P&O Ferries car ferry on the Dover-Calais route A ferry is a boat or a ship carrying passengers, and sometimes their vehicles, on scheduled services. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Northern Ireland Office Minister of the time Angela Smith stated: "These cranes are an essential part of our city, our roots and our culture." The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) is an arm of the United Kingdom government, responsible for Northern Ireland affairs. ... Angela Evans Smith (born 7 January 1959, London) is a politician in the United Kingdom. ...


The cranes are to be retained in their distinctive yellow colour, and will form part of the Titanic Quarter, a business, leisure and residential development in the grounds of the former shipyard.


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