Get an Ei-ffel of Titan-ic engineering in Glasgow

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The Titan Crane stands on the banks of the River Clyde as the Paddle Steamer Waverley passes by

The Titan Crane by the River Clyde as the Waverley passes by

You may have heard the news earlier this week that a Clydebank landmark is now one of a rather elite group of engineering feats. Joining the ranks of the Eiffel Tower, the Forth Bridge and the Thames Tunnel, the Titan Crane has been recognised as an International Historic Civil and Mechanical Engineering Landmark by four leading engineering groups.This may sound dry, but actually the huge structure has had quite a life and is well worth a visit, as are other impressive Scottish industrial achievements such as Scotland’s canals and Craigellachie Bridge in Aberlour.

The Titan towers 150 ft over the Clyde, and on a clear evening you can see the mighty cantilever crane from miles away, thanks to its nightly illuminations.

Completed in 1907, the vast crane was used to lift heavy equipment at the John Brown shipyard on the River Clyde and is all that remains of the site in Clydebank. It helped with the construction of warships and vessels such as the Lusitania and the QE2, and it survived the Clydebank blitz during the Second World War.

You can find out more about the area’s shipbuilding heritage at the Grade A-listed crane which includes museum exhibits and even a chance to travel in a lift right up to its 150 ft high jib platform. From the top it’s possible to bungee jump on selected days during the year, for those who dare!

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