Monday, April 06, 2009

Leviathan crane

Leviathan craneI've been meaning to get pictures of this crane for a while now.

As it was used to help raise the Humber Star from the deep, it seemed like an opportunity too good to miss.

For an idea of the sheer scale of this puppy, the tiny orange blobs you see in front of the crane's legs there are people.

Think your journey to work is tough? Look up the forward legs to the crane cab about halfway up, then imagine what it would be like to climb up to work in that of a morning.

Working on that gantry at the very top would be 'interesting'.


  1. I bet its Duch owned?

  2. Hi Rob

    I know nothing about it really.

    Any idea John?



  3. Anonymous7:05 PM

    Some info here:
    and here

    Heavy Lift Mobile Floating Crane "Canute"
    Heavy Lift Capacity.: 200tonne SWL, 47m height.

  4. Anonymous7:25 PM

    The Canute is operated by Associated British Ports out of Southampton. It is listed on their web site under facilities as "one 200-tonne capacity floating crane"

  5. Wow great news at least we have one of our own :o))

  6. Anonymous4:10 PM

    I remember getting her second hand from holland where she was up for sale including a tug,our thrifty boss bought her without the tug as she had a pair of egg whisks fitted and he claimed she was self propelled,after a repaint she was moored in the empress for trials we watched as the lines were cast off and with all the grace of a hugh prey mantis she sailed down wind to the opposite side despite the best efforts of the egg whisks,from then on she was accompanied by two tugs,yep there is thrift and there is thrift!!!

  7. Hi Anonymous

    Ha ha - the idea that that huge thing is driven by pansy egg whisks amuses me no end.



  8. Anonymous11:24 AM


    First owner was Wilton-Fijenoord

    Wilton-Fijenoord was a shipbuilding and repair company in Schiedam in the Netherlands from 1929 to 1999.

    During the second world war Wilton-Fijenoord built several submarine's for the German Kriegsmarine. In that time the yard had a manpower of 4,000 up to 6,500 man, whereas other yards in Rotterdam and Schiedam shrank their activities. After the war Wilton-directie were caught put because of their far-reaching collaboration

    The company has since been fully absorbed into Damen Shiprepair.


  9. Hi all,
    I was involved in the construction of the floating crane "Canute" originally named:"MAMMOET".
    It has been build up for the purpose as a warfcrane fully by Wilton-Fijenoord shipyard in Schiedam Holland under supervision of the German company "Demag".
    Even the 2 M.A.N. diesels are W.F. fabrication. ( my job)
    It was cristened March the 31th 1969 and come in service feb. 1970.
    The use of the crane decreased dramatically because of the demise in the shipbuilding industry during the years after.
    Finally it has been sold for GBP 685.012,-- at 10.15 A.M. march 28 1985. In front of me is a copy of the original solicitor's declaration found yesterday in the archives of the city of Schiedam.
    I'm glad to find the crane back after 5 years of searching....
    Kind regards, Frank