Industrial Heritage Save: Cowes Hammerhead crane

Cowes Hammerhead Crane [cowes.co.uk] 2Cowes Hammerhead Crane 17.11.04 [iwradio.co.uk]Cowes Hammerhead crane at J S White Shipyard, Thetis Road

The 80 ton giant cantilever crane built of cast iron with a square tower of three stages with its base embedded in concrete was completed in 1911 by British firm Babcock and Wilcox.

via Twitter

Cowes Isle of Wight @cowesofficial Long over-due repairs to the iconic Cowes Hammerhead crane have been announced by the Isle of Wight Council. fb.me/1qTwdPn6v 24/12/14 12:38:54 a.m.

IOWCouncil Official @iwight Repair works to Cowes Hammerhead Crane to begin in March. Full details at iwight.com/news/Hammerhead-Crane-repair-works-to-begin pic.twitter.com/K57leaER1h 23/12/14 10:24:23 p.m.

TheVictorianSociety @thevicsoc Cowes Hammerhead crane named in Victorian Society’s Top Ten List of Most Endangered Buildings shar.es/1moLcS 9/10/14 4:12:22 a.m.

Cowes Hammerhead Crane 6938825525_abb3906851_z [staticflickr.com]

### onthewight.com Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 9:35am
Isle of Wight News
Council make active moves to save important Island heritage
By Sally Perry
Repair works to secure the long-term future of the Cowes Hammerhead Crane are to begin in the new year after funding was received from English Heritage. Well done to all involved in moving this forward. The Cowes Hammerhead Crane is on English Heritage’s ‘at risk’ register and the organisation has put forward £76,000 to cover the costs of repairs to the famous structure. The council has appointed a specialist firm to carry out the works, which are due to begin in March 2015. The works will mainly see the corroded sections of steel from the crane’s tower replaced, with all new steel receiving a coat of paint. […] Clare Charlesworth, heritage at risk principal advisor for English Heritage, said: “Our grant towards the repair of the Hammerhead Crane means this nationally important piece of industrial heritage is one step closer to coming off the at risk register.”
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Only remaining pre-WWI hammerhead crane
The giant cantilever crane was built within the first decade of these cranes’ development and is the only remaining pre-WWI hammerhead crane in England.

### onthewight.com Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 8:07am
Isle of Wight News
Cowes Hammerhead crane named in Victorian Society’s Top Ten List of Most Endangered Buildings
By Joe O’Donnell
Last year the iconic giant cantilever crane in Cowes – used for the production of naval warships – was named Most at Risk by English Heritage, today it has been added to the Victorian Society’s Top Ten List of Most Endangered Buildings. […] Cowes’ industrial past is epitomised by shipbuilder J.S. White’s 80 ton hammerhead crane – installed to increase capacity for the production of naval warships. One of these, HMS Cavalier, is preserved at Chatham Dockyard as a memorial to the 143 British destroyers and over 11,000 men lost at sea during WWII. […] Earlier this year, Isle of Wight Council issued an urgent works notice to the crane’s owner after the crane was found to be structurally unsound. The owner is now disputing the urgent works notice but we urge the Council to continue to press to secure the future of this industrial landmark.
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Cowes Hammerhead crane at J S White Shipyard [woottonbridgeiow.org.uk] 1Cowes Hammerhead crane (caption - cowes_floating_bridge_1950) [cowes.shalfleet.net][click to enlarge]

█ English Heritage List entry – No. 1390949 (history and description)

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Images: Cowes Hammerhead crane – (from top) cowes.co.uk | iwradio.co.uk | staticflickr.com [6938825525_abb3906851_z] | woottonbridgeiow.org.uk (mixed media to b/w by whatifdunedin) | cowes.shalfleet.net (1950)

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6 responses to “Industrial Heritage Save: Cowes Hammerhead crane

  1. Elizabeth

    CRANE stothert-and-pitt-5-ton-crane-dunedin July 2001 ejkerr 2[click to enlarge]

    Port Otago Ltd scrapped this handsome little Stothert and Pitt 5 ton crane in the early 2000s. From memory it was cut up and shipped to Malaysia. My snapshots (2001) using down-at-heels digital camera borrowed from NZHPT—the photo at left was manipulated and published (lost industrial heritage) as a full page in the New Zealand Historic Places Trust magazine.

    From my working notes… “Major improvements were made to the wharves in the 1960s, including the replacement of wooden decking to take forklift and articulated truck operations, construction of a new oil jetty (the first cargo was delivered on 18 January 1963), new wharf sheds at the X & Y berth – these came into service in 1964, to enable contractors to start on the T & U berth and two sheds almost immediately. T & U received a much more extensive reconstruction than X & Y, with the old wharf giving way to a wide, modern, steel sheet-piled concrete-decked structure, two new sheds and four very futuristic looking Stothert and Pitt 5 ton cranes. The contractors handed the berth over to the board in December 1966.”

  2. Hype O'Thermia

    It’s a machine that looks like a character in something for an older age group than Thomas the Tank Engine. It’s got style, personality ! A role in Doctor Who, perhaps? Not a baddie, not with those legs.

  3. Calvin Oaten

    1966 would have been in the reign of Captain Brian McGowan as chair of the OHB. He lobbied and won the Iinternational container terminal for Port Chalmers as well as Lyttelton for the south island. Much to Lyttelton’s displeasure. It was all to do with tidal conditions in Lyttelton which Capt McGowan was aware of. He also lobbied and won for Port Dunedin the trans Tasman roll on roll off terminal. Altogether one of the better OHB chairs of our times. People like him and Cliff Skeggs knew how business worked, not like Dave Cull and his immediate former pretenders. That is why Dunedin has been in the doldrums for the last decade or two, and is likely to remain so.

  4. Phil

    Those older structures add some real class and personality to a town. Beats a stadium every time, in my opinion.

  5. Elizabeth

    Animal! Love that one, Phil.

  6. Calvin Oaten

    Phil, it’s RUGBY!!!! You don’t play rugby with a crane. You lift things. Ask Dave, he knows.

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