History of the 250 Ton Hammerhead Crane


A Sydney landmark for over 60 years, this crane was erected at Garden Island as a result of World War ll. It was the largest crane in the South Pacific area and served the maritime interests of Australia and the surrounding area. The building of the crane’s strong foundations is a story in itself. The crane was later overtaken by technology developments, and with the demands for wharf space for new large naval ships, it was demolished in 2014. This is its story.

Includes two booklets providing specifications and statistical details, plus details as to the construction of the crane base, 30 metres underwater.


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Total Runnning time 35 mins

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