Owner: Manchester Ship Canal Co. Area: Manchester Ship Canal (UK). HULL Floating crane Built 1937 by N.V. Werf Gusto at Schiedam, Netherlands. LOA: 147', Beam: 44' 3", Draft: 6' 6", Displacement: 600 gross tons. Steel No.716. Non self moving, minimum height 69'. ENGINE Twin. Built 1937 by Ashworth & Parker Ltd. at Bury. For electric drive to crane, one 75 KW, one 40 KW. Plus: two small Ashworth & Parker engines on dynamo & air compressor; Various pumps by Drysdale, G. & J. Weir and Hayward Tyler; Warping drums and deck winches by Clarke Chapman. BOILER RT Scotch. Built 1937 by Lilybank Boiler Works at Glasgow. Fuel: coal. PROP HISTORY New to owners, steamed regularly.
M.S.C 250 ton crane
In the meantime here is a clip of the crane being towed by three of the V'Class Tugs on the Manchester Ship Canal in 1994.
Below We have the the toilet block and the warping drum room (winch room)
Unfortunately this project has been put on Permanent Hold, however it is hoped that some of the fittings will be used on other models.
Update to the 250 TON in storage
17th July 2021 at Ellesmere Port and the Ship Canal 250 Ton Crane that has been in storage for around 20 years is on its way to Newcastle, for either restoration or to be converted into something else, a very lovely day and there were quite a few folk there to see it along the quayside.
MSC Tugs Viceroy and Viking in assistance.
Below is a video taken by Nik Eastwood as it begins it's journey to Newcastle.