The only surviving Fairbairn steam crane is in Bristol, on the quayside at Princes Wharf. It is in the care of M Shed.
In the 1870s, Bristol Docks was going through a period of expansion and modernisation in the face of increasing competition from other ports. Iron-hulled ships were becoming larger, cargoes heavier, and there had already been investment in building a railway line along the harbour quay. Crane capacity was limited though � none of the harbour's 17 cranes being able to lift more than 3 tons.
Accordingly a more powerful steam crane was ordered, to be capable of lifting 35 tons and loading it directly onto a railway wagon. This was ordered from local makers Stothert & Pitt in 1875, although to the...
An Amateur Photographer from Falmouth Cornwall United Kingdom.
Having just retired I now have the time to take my hobby to a new level.I was born in a very picturesque part of the British Isles, I now hope to photograph my counties coastline and its creeks and rivers, and the life that goes on and in it. I also have a passion for photographing flowers,I think nature has great way of using colours and shapes to make the most beautiful images. I hope to be able to make them come to life and do nature justice.
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