Thursday, 31 March 2011

BIG yellow crane


Just had to show you this enormous crane (no, not another bird photo!)  We were watching it from our office window and later, as I walked home, I saw it was still at work.  You may recall a week or so ago I posted a picture of a dredger dragging up mud and rubbish from the bottom of the canal and depositing it in a floating skip.  Well, the crane had come to lift the skips and the machinery out of the canal, setting them onto a series of low-loaders to be driven away.  It's interesting, I think, that hiring this huge crane must be more economical (in money and/or time) than sailing the machinery along the canal to wherever it is needed next.

The crane was sited beside Salts Wharf.  The town of Shipley is on the right. The old mill on the left is now apartments called Victoria Mills and the office block in the centre used to be part of HMRC (Tax Office) until it (the building, not HMRC!) was axed in the recent government cut-backs.  It's now more or less an empty block, waiting to be re-let.  The surfeit of empty office space round here has not stopped developers preparing a site across the road to build another new block!

12 comments:

  1. That sure is a big crane. The colours in the shot are great. Is Shipley right next to Saltaire?

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  2. "hiring this huge crane must be more economical (in money and/or time) than sailing the machinery along the canal to wherever it is needed next". Oh you optimist you, believing that someone would have bothered to do such a cost calculation.

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  3. For when the economy picks up no doubt. Loved just catching up with you and your posts. x

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  4. Wow that brings back memories. I used to work for BW in the West Midlands and knew the crane driver. It was always a bit of a palaver lifting boats out of the cut.

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  5. The crane is impressive, but my eye fell in love with that beautiful sky!

    Alan's comment cracked me up!

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  6. What a shame they didn't axe the Tax office!!

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  7. That is a giant crane. The sky is a perfect mixture of clouds for the crane to stand out.

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  8. Big crane. Those babies don't come cheaply.

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  9. I'm guessing a few hundred pounds an hour for rental, usually the bigger the crane, the more minimum number of hours rental; plus delivery and removal costs, plus VAT etc etc

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  10. It's huge! I've never seen one so tall! And the yellow just makes it stand out against that sky.

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  11. Huge crane yes, but gorgeous sky! ~Lili

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