Clydebank Titan Crane recognised with award from Institution of Mechanical Engineers

By Culture24 Reporter | 09 July 2012
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(Left to right) John Wood MBE, Heritage Chairman of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, John Kerr and Denis Harton, Titan Clydebank Trust Board Members
The first electrically powered giant cantilever crane in the world, Titan, which now sits over the once vibrant shipbuilding docks of Clydebank has been recognised with an Engineering Heritage Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Built in 1907 by Sir William Arrol and Company Ltd to help John Browns build the biggest ships in the world, the crane is one of only 13 Titans still standing worldwide. 

Over the years the Clydebank Titan was instrumental in the prosperity of the area. During World War Two it even survived the Blitz of March 1941 as the Luftwaffe targeted local shipyards in an attempt to disrupt the production of battleships for the Royal Navy.

Today it remains an important part of Scottish shipbuilding heritage and is an award winning ‘Category A’ listed visitor attraction managed by local regeneration charity Clydebank rebuilt.  Visitors can take an open lift to its open jib, 150 feet above ground, and enjoy panoramic views of the Firth of Clyde.

Claire McGinley, Operations Manager from Clydebank re-built said they were “very honoured to receive this prestigious heritage engineering award” from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

"This recognition of the Titan by the Institution underlines the proud skills and ingenuity of our mechanical engineers - past and present - who have played such an important part in the development of shipbuilding and industry not just on the Clyde but in the rest of Scotland and UK"

The award from the Institution, which was established in 1847 and has some of the world’s greatest engineers in its history books, sees Titan join an illustrious cast of engineering gems including the Vulcan Bomber and London’s Tower Bridge.

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