Thursday, 21 January 2016

Industrial Good Fences at Belfast Shipyard Pt 6



Welcome to Thursday's Good Fences link up with Tex.  Today I'm continuing our tour around Belfast's docklands and shipyard, Harland & Wolff, and the iconic shipbuilding cranes known as Samson and Goliath.

It was behind these very gates, that the plans for Titanic and many other large liners were drawn over a hundred years ago.  I love the wrought ironwork of the gates through which the ships' architects would have entered everyday to work.



looking from the inside of the gates across to Goliath the crane...








Further down to the left is Samson, another bright yellow crane, behind more industrial fencing, so this is as close as I could venture.
Can you imagine working everyday in the tiny pod as crane operator?  Apparently its a ver scary descent down into it but you would feel like a bird so high up!
 Another random fact about these awesome cranes is that you could drive a car along the top of the crane.


The cranes were built in 1969 and 1974.


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36 comments:

  1. Hello, wonderful collection of images. I like the wrought iron fence. The cranes are huge!
    Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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  2. What massive cranes! How cool that you were there and got those pics. No, I'd not want the job of a crane operator. I hope they get paid a lot.

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  3. Hello Christine.:) What a splendid looking gate! I love it's colour and intricate design, would even look well outside a private home. Great shots from the other side towards the crane.

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  4. Oh I love the wrought iron fence but have to say the backround fascinates me. great shots. B

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  5. Great photos Christine! Fascinating history behind that beautiful gate. Love the big old crane, aptly named.

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  6. Love the historical aspect of this and the shipyard...and great looking fencing too. I'm quite impressed.

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  7. neat heavy-duty cranes. love the wrought iron designs!

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  8. Love the ornate gates and the shot of the crane through it

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  9. No, cannot imagine working that crane! But I sure do love that fence...it is a beauty for sure.

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  10. The design of the wrought ironwork gates is very nice.

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  11. Wow, I just love those gates. Who wouldn't? I've looked into having some made for my garden, but oh my goodness, the cost! Maybe one day. Wonderful photos!

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  12. Interesting photos and a new meme to look at, thanks.

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  13. I've never seen a crane that looks like that! Very interesting! And I certainly cannot imagine running one of those.

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  14. Awesome photos you share. I love the detailed fences and gates. The cranes are amazing and up so high. I could not do that, but admire those that can. Wonderful and informative post. Have a nice weekend. xo

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  15. The fences seem to be standing the test of time well and they are pretty too.

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  16. I love the juxtaposition of the delicate wrought iron fencing against the large industrial cranes. An interesting place! Enjoy your weekend. x Karen

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  17. I love those ornate fences. AS for driving a car along the top of one of those cranes,NO.I would never be anywhere near if that were to be done.I don't like heights.

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  18. Hello Christine
    These are wonderful photos of the Belfast shipyards - I wasn't aware the Titanic was built there.
    Thank you for visiting my blog - sadly our tour was only six days so we stayed in the South. My father was born in Limerick and came out to New Zealand as a young lad of 11yrs!
    I'm now a follower as I've fallen in love with Ireland and the people!
    The landscape is very similar to New Zealand.
    Shane

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  19. That is a stunning fence. It's beautifully ornate and has held up well over the years. Thanks for posting this fence, one we can all relate to.

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  20. That is a stunning fence. It's beautifully ornate and has held up well over the years. Thanks for posting this fence, one we can all relate to.

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  21. Loving the squiggly like design on that fence, different but cool.
    Neat seeing the large yellow crane as well.

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  22. that is a beautiful gate and fencing. That crane is HUGE. I can see why they call it Goliath. I wonder if they climb a ladder down in to the operating cab.

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  23. I love all of the intricate ironwork on the fences and gate. Awesome shots!

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  24. interesting facts on those cranes Christine. I just love the fence...is it the original?

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  25. I looked at this post and thought 'forget the fences, look at that CRANE', haha. Goliath certainly is a big boy.

    Diana

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  26. Muito lindas ! Gostei! beijos, tudo de bom,.chica

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  27. goodness, you found some really beautiful, ornate fences here. the ironwork is so pretty!!! i am infatuated with the history behind the gate!!!!

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  28. The fence is stunning, Christine!

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  29. Lovely cranes, but where are their feathers???

    ;-)

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  30. Some very interesting facts, Christine. Stunning photos of the gates! Thanks for stopping by to read my post on Culloden. Your thoughts were greatly appreciated.

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  31. The fence is particularly stunning.

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  32. I really like the ornate ironwork on the gate. Great photos and story!

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  33. I congratulate you for your good work, I have a pleasant moment here!
    I will you follow with pleasure ... Bye

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  34. We were in Vancouver BC over the weekend for the Boat Show (we presented about off the grid living). From the heart of downtown you can see cranes along the shoreline where massive container ships are unloaded. I enjoy the hugeness of the big city, but only in small doses. So much light and noise compared to our cabin home away from even the small town of Powell River. - Margy

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