Get an eyeful of Clydebank’s towering heritage: The world’s first electrically-powered cantilever crane to receive honour


The world’s first electrically-powered cantilever crane, which stands in Clydebank near Glasgow, is to receive the same heritage honour as that held by the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The 106-year-old Titan Crane – which is all that remains of John Brown’s shipyard, where battleships such as HMS Hood and passenger liners like the QE2 were built – has been designated an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by four of the world’s leading engineering institutions.

The listed structure had already been presented with an Engineering Heritage Award from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers last year.

The retired Titan re-opened as a tourist attraction in July 2007 and now offers activities to the public such as abseiling, bungee jumping, swinging or guided tours. Its restoration cost around £3.75m.