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Samson and Goliath.........


Quote: The two great yellow-painted gantry cranes Samson and Goliath have become icons of Belfast, dominating not just Queen’s Island but the entire city skyline. Constructed to service the vast new graving dock at Harland and Wolff, Goliath (the smaller at 315 ft) began work in 1969, the 348ft Samson five years later. Each of the Krupp-Ardelt designed cranes can lift loads of up to 840 tons. Harland and Wolff were still one of the world’s great shipbuilders at the time and the building of the two cranes, during a difficult period for shipbuilding in Belfast, was seen as a sign of faith in the future. Now much beloved Belfast landmarks, their own future was assured in 2003 when they were scheduled for preservation.

The H&W shipyard covered many hectares, much of which is desolate, unloved and unused...but there are signs of recovery GrinGrin

The rains are returning....thank goodness, can't stand all this sunshine!!!!! WinkGrinGrin

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm Finepix J30
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Jun 2013 - 8:00 PM
Focal Length:5.7mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.9
Aperture:f/8.8
Shutter Speed:1/75sec
Exposure Comp:-0.3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Desolation +
Username:cats_123 cats_123
Uploaded:21 Jun 2013 - 6:47 AM
Tags:Belfast, Cranes, Goliath, Harland & wolff, Photo journalism, Samson, Skyline, Yellow
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Hermanus
Hermanus e2 Member 2Hermanus vcard South Africa
21 Jun 2013 - 6:54 AM

Excellent photos of these HUGE cranes Jeff !! I like the less desolate image in V3 Smile

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 4261 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2013 - 7:03 AM

Good set Jeff - v1 and v2 are my favourites
Jason

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 6nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2013 - 7:29 AM

I like V1 and V4 the more. All convey a great sense of desolation, Jeff.

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franken
franken e2 Member 123273 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2013 - 7:37 AM

Interesting set with version 2 being my favourite.

Ken

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8531 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2013 - 7:39 AM

Desolation Row. Like ghosts.
Moira

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widtink
widtink e2 Member 2406 forum postswidtink vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2013 - 7:57 AM


Quote: Desolation Row. Like ghosts.
Moira

Aw Moira , so poetic . Sign o the times all over this country iam afraid SadSad If this was my image i would up the desolation wi a wee guddle !! And add some grain just tae really ram hame the desolation. Turn this intae a Dylan song Jeff GrinGrin
Sorry Jeff i do like this image lol V4 all the way Blush

Rod

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boov
boov  2 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2013 - 10:44 AM

They are big.... excellent

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Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2013 - 11:57 AM

Yeah, who nicked all the job? great write up of the history of this place, sad to see it so abandoned, but, if there are some green shoots of recovery all the better.

Samson and Goliath, aptly preserved for history and extremely well documented here.

Tish

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elainecookstown
elainecookstown e2 Member 2elainecookstown vcard Spain
21 Jun 2013 - 1:07 PM

V4 for me. I had a visit to this very place Christmas Past when I was visiting my sister went to the Titanic centre which is just beside here. Last time I would have been in the area was very late 70's when I worked and lived in Belfast.
Elaine.

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2013 - 5:23 PM

A nice series Jeff, what a shame these are idleSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


Cliff

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JawDborn
JawDborn e2 Member 2795 forum postsJawDborn vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2013 - 9:00 PM

Good and poignant commentary , Jeff. And a fine example of photo-journalism.

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