Endangered Species - Another Arrol Titan bites the dust

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Endangered Species - Another Arrol Titan bites the dust

Post by SCameron » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:49 pm

News has come to me via my friend Mr Stuart Arrol (grand nephew of Sir William Arrol) that another of the few remaining Titan giant cantilever cranes built by Sir William Arrol & company, Dalmarnock Ironworks, Glasgow, the 250 ton capacity crane ar the Royal Australian Navy Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney (not far from Circular Quay and the famous Harbour Bridge) is likely to be demolished in the near future. The Sydney Titan was built over an extended period, 1944-51, after an identical crane, built at the Royal Navy's base in Singapore in 1938, was destroyed in advance of the Japanese invasion. In fact, the Sydney crane was bulit to the Singapore crane drawings. They were two of only six 250-ton lift 'super-Titans' ever built. The removal of the Sydney crane, now subject of a 4-week public consultation period which concludes in mid February, will leave only one of the six still in existance - on Tyneside.

Three Arrol Titans remain on Clydeside: the 150-ton cranes at Cydebank, Whiteinch and Greenock James Watt Dock. The Clydebank Titan was the first one ever built and was subsequently uprated to 200-tons capacity. Although Arrol also provided the foundations for the 175-ton Stobcross (Finnieston) Crane, the structure itself was designed and built by Carlisle-based Cowans Sheldon.

With the demise of the Sydney Titan the global population is down to 6 or 7, less than half the number that existed at the start of the 21st Century.

A few other non-Titan giant cantilever cranes still survive such as the one at the former White's shipyard at Cowes, built by Babcock & Wilcox, Renfrew and the one built at the Mitsu Bishi Dockyard in Nagasaki by Motherwell Bridge Engineering.


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Re: Endangered Species - Another Arrol Titan bites the dust

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:11 pm

Having now reached and passed the proverbioal three score and ten, and final retirement within the next few weeks, I can identify with the title (Endangered Species) ! :lol:

With reference to that brilliant engineer (Sir William Arrol : 1839-1913) and his asociation with South Ayrshire, an Ayr Group 'Friends of Seafield House', have put forward suggestions that the new Forth Bridge should be named the 'Arrol Bridge' in deference to the designer and builder of the original and iconic Forth Rail Bridge. The great man was a Member of Parliament for South Ayrshire from 1895 through 1906, and of course Seafield House was his home for many years.

Whilst I am plugging my home county, another wee snippet. The great days of shipbuilding, both on the Clyde and down Ayrshire way, will be the subject of a talk by Dougal McIntyre, a resident of Troon and descendant of one of our great shipbuilders, John McIntyre, whose shipbuilding career took him from Govan to Alloa to Canada to North Ayrshire to South Ayrshire. Dougal's grandfather, John McIntyre, was a nephew of another famous shipbuilder, Hugh McIntyre, who built ships at Paisley and Alloa. Dougal's father was the respected avaiation expert David McIntyre. The occasion will be hosted by the Girvan and District Historical Society in the McKechnie Institute, Dalrymple Street, Girvan, at 7.30 pm on Thursday 31st of January 2013.

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Re: Endangered Species - Another Arrol Titan bites the dust

Post by alasdairmac » Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:42 pm

The crane in question can be seen in the right hand background of this photograph of the Australian Navy's oiler HMAS Success, taken at Garden Island, Sydney in February 2010.
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