The giant Arrol Gantry

Erecting the giant Arrol Gantry over the slipways for Olympic and Titanic

In 1908, an enormous steel gantry was erected over the two new slipways, Nos. 2 and 3, built for the construction of Olympic and Titanic.  At 840 feet long by 240 feet wide, and with a height of 228 feet to the top of the upper crane, the new gantry could accommodate both ships. 

It was equipped with a system of cranes and had four large electric lifts.  Supplied by Sir William Arrol & Co. of Glasgow, the completed structure weighed almost 6000 tons.

The Arrol Gantry at Harland & Wolff was a dominant sight on Belfast’s skyline for many years.  It remained in use until the 1960s.



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TITANICa The Exhibition is on display the the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra. Click here for opening times, how to get here and admission prices.


Titanic Exhibition

The Titanic exhibition is housed in the Transport galleries at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra. You can also experience "TITANICa The People's Story in the Outdoor Folk Museum.

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