It replaced a much smaller crane located further along the river, where the City Inn is now located. The new crane was required to life and load huge locomotives constructed in Springburn to be transported around the world. It is 165 feet tall, with the huge cantilever jib stretching 253 feet across, capable of lifting 175 tons. Only 60 of these giant cantilever cranes were built in the entire world, and the Finneston is one of only 15 that remain standing.
Although it is now surrounded by modern buildings such as the Clyde Arc, the Clyde Auditorium, the Hydro and the Lancefield Quay flats, the Finneston Crane remains a powerful icon symbolising Glasgow’s industrial past. It is synonymous with the city, used in various media (including our own site’s header) and forms the logo of Clydeside Television Productions.