Harland and Wolff

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Harland and Wolff

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All our prints are printed on a premium, 170gsm, silk, recycled FSC (Forest Stewardship Commissioned) paper.

Our postcards are printed on a premium, double-sided 350gsm silk-board.

Samson and Goliath are twin shipbuilding gantry cranes, situated at Queen’s Island in the shipyard of Harland & Wolff. They were constructed by the German engineering firm Krupp and are named after the Biblical figures, Samson and Goliath with Goliath being completed in 1969 and Samson, in 1974. Goliath stands 96 metres (315 ft) tall, while Samson is taller at 106 metres (348 ft). Goliath, the smaller of the two sits slightly further inland closer to Belfast City.

Each crane has a span of 140 metres (459 ft) and can lift loads of up to 840 tonnes to a height of 70 metres (230 ft), making a combined lifting capacity of over 1,600 tonnes, one of the largest in the world. The H&W logo was bolted onto the crane by Edward Salmon a shipyard worker who, before being apprenticed by H&W, sold newspapers at the entrance.