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This group is designated for pictures of Fairbairn cranes around the world.The Fairbairn crane is identifiable by its curved jib of riveted wrought iron platework and may either be hand operated or steam/electrical powered.Survived examples in: Bristol, Dover, Sevilla, Valladolid, Middelburg, Koog aan de Zaan, Frankfurt (Oder), Langenargen, Rorschach, Wien, Helsingør, Visby and Venezia.

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Group Description

This group is designated for pictures of Fairbairn cranes around the world.

The Fairbairn crane is identifiable by its curved jib, made of riveted wrought iron platework to form a square-section box girder ("wrought iron tubular crane"). Fairbairn cranes may either be hand operated or steam/electrical powered.

The design was patented in 1850 by Sir William Fairbairn and his factory William Fairbairn & Sons in Manchester made several, but it was also licensed to other factories in the UK (like Stothert & Pitt in Bath) and abroad (like "The Prins van Oranje" in The Hague, The Netherlands).

The last surviving examples (to our knowledge now) are in:

Bristol, at the Bristol Docks (Bristol Floating Harbour), part of M Shed city museum, the only steam powered and most photographed one (Wikipedia: Fairbairn steam crane).

Dover, on Esplanade Quay at the east side of the Wellington Basin (Wellington Dock), Dover Marina, Kent.

Sevilla, originally placed on the Muelle de Nueva York along the Canal de Alfonso XIII (Guadalquivir), in 2005 moved 500 meters to a plaza at the Puente Alfonso XIII (Wikipedia [Spanish]: Grúa Fairbairn).

Valladolid, Castilla y León, at the Dársena del Canal de Castilla, Spain.

Middelburg, province Zeeland, The Netherlands, believed to be the oldest one (1861).

Koog aan de Zaan, province Noord-Holland, at the Zaan, The Netherlands.

Frankfurt (Oder), land Brandenburg, at the Oder, Germany.

Langenargen, land Baden-Württemberg, at the Bodensee (Lake Constance), Germany.

Rorschach, kanton Sankt Gallen, at the Bodensee (Lake Constance), Switzerland.

Vienna / Wien, at the Anlegestelle 8 on the Handelskai along the Donau, Austria.

Helsingør, isle of Zealand, Denmark, at Kongekajen along the Havnegade.

Visby, on the isle of Gotland, Sweden, electrified, in full working order.

Venice / Venezia, at the Arsenale di Venezia (Venetian Arsenal), a complex of former shipyards and armouries.


See the Google Map Fairbairn cranes for the location of existing (red markers) Fairbairn cranes.

Google Map of Fairbairn cranes

For some related video's see our YouTube channel Fairbairn cranes.

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