J3575 : Samson, Belfast

taken 3 years ago, near to Queens Island, Ballymacarret, Sydenham, Skegoneill and Cliftonville, Northern Ireland

Samson, Belfast
Samson, Belfast
The H&W gantry crane 'Samson' with a selection of assembled wind turbine jacket foundations on the right. In the foreground, mostly hidden by the white trailers, is the outdoor set built for series 8 of the hit HBO show 'Game of Thrones' (note the huge green screen under 'Samson'). Filming took place here earlier in the year as well as within the nearby Titanic Studios; series 8 will premier in early 2019.
The Harland and Wolff Building Dock, Belfast

The building dock in Belfast was constructed between 1968-1970 by George Wimpey & Company for the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. A massive 556 metres long by 93 metres wide, it was designed for the construction of massive crude oil tankers and bulkers. Although many ships were constructed here, including two supertankers of 172,174 tonnes (343,423 DWT), the yard was in decline by the early 1970s and the dock never really fulfilled its potential. The last ship to be constructed was the 'Anvil Point' in 2003 and the yard now specialising in ship repair and the emerging renewable energies sector, notably offshore wind turbines and tidal energy projects.
Towering above the dock are the two gantry cranes 'Samson' and 'Goliath'. Now landmarks on the Belfast skyline, the cranes were designed for the yard by the German firm Krupp. Goliath, completed in 1969 and mostly fabricated by the yard, stands at 96 metres and Samson, completed in 1974 and built entirely by Krupp, is taller at 106 metres. Both cranes have a span of 140m and have a safe working load of 840 tonnes each (though I believe were tested for 1,000 which caused the top girders to bend downwards by some 11 inches). They run on 800m of track which spans the length of the dock and each crane has 64 special anti-friction bearing mounted wheels.
Both the dock and the cranes are now protected scheduled monuments. See LinkExternal link for technical information .

LinkExternal link in an informative video from the BBC.

Wind turbine parts, Belfast harbour

This collection shows some of the parts and the vessels used to transport them at sea.

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Wednesday, 17 October, 2018   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 18 October, 2018
Geographical Context
Coastal  City, Town centre  Industry  Docks, Harbours 
Primary Subject of Photo
Crane 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 357 755 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.5689N 5:54.0306W
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Irish: geotagged! J 351 754
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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