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By cats_123  
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

Tags: Photo journalism Skyline Yellow Belfast Cranes Samson Harland and wolff Goliath

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
21 Jun 2013 6:54AM
Excellent photos of these HUGE cranes Jeff !! I like the less desolate image in V3 Smile

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jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2013 7:03AM
Good set Jeff - v1 and v2 are my favourites
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
21 Jun 2013 7:29AM
I like V1 and V4 the more. All convey a great sense of desolation, Jeff.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2013 7:37AM
Interesting set with version 2 being my favourite.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2013 7:39AM
Desolation Row. Like ghosts.
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
21 Jun 2013 7:57AM

Quote:Desolation Row. Like ghosts.

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

boov 5 2 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2013 10:44AM
They are big.... excellent
Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2013 11:57AM
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.

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.
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2013 5:23PM
A nice series Jeff, what a shame these are idleSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

JawDborn Plus
6 1.1k 1 England
21 Jun 2013 9:00PM
Good and poignant commentary , Jeff. And a fine example of photo-journalism.

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