Clydebank Titan

18 March 2008

A 100-year-old Titan crane in Clydebank, Scotland has been renovated and opened to the public.

It is the oldest of five Titans at the former John Brown shipyard on the River Clyde and has been refurbished at a cost of £3 million (US$6 million).

The Titan was used to fit out battle cruisers and cruise liners, including Cunard's QE2. The crane survived the Clydebank Blitz airborne bombing in March 1941. Thanks to the newly installed lift up to the 46 m high jib platform, visitors benefit from sweeping views of Clydebank, Glasgow, the River Clyde and the surrounding countryside.

The &A' listed crane was designed and built at a cost of £24,600 ($50,000) by Sir William Arrol & Co in the east end of Glasgow in 1907.

Eleanor McAllister, managing director of local regeneration company Clydebank Re-built, said, “The Titan is a Clydebank icon.”

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