Finnieston Crane

Photo: Alan Crumlish

Cowans Sheldon

1932

Category A Listed

If any structure could be described as the monument to Glasgow’s industrial golden age, this 175 ton crane is it. The crane itself, a sturdy, powerful work of engineering, loaded railway engines and tanks onto cargo ships for export. The company commissioned to build the crane was based in Carlisle. In retrospect it seems odd that the locally-based, internationally renowned firm, founded by Sir William Arrol, did not get the job. It can only be surmised that, with cranes, as with all major construction contracts, cost is crucially important – and an out-of-town supplier won the task of erecting one of Glasgow’s most enduring monuments.