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Name: CRANE LIGHTER NO 4
Type: Floating Crane
Launched: 22/10/1915
Completed: 1916
Builder: Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd
Yard: Low Walker
Yard Number: 897
Dimensions: 242.0 x 86.0ft
Engines: Steam
Engines by:
Propulsion: 5.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: n/a
History:
1916 British Royal Navy
1942 Sank
Comments: 1916: The largest floating crane in the world at the time.
Crane designed & constructed by Cowans, Sheldon & Co Ltd, Carlisle
Allocated Admiralty pennant (CL IV) and therefore often known as CLIVE.
The crane was capable of lifting a maximum load of 250 tons over a radius of 100ft, and to a height of 77ft above the waterline. It was tested to lift a load of 312 tons.
Steam engines drove generators for providing electricity for the crane, whilst also being used for self propulsion.
The reach of the crane was altered by raising or lowering the jib
Thought to have been lost at Malta in 1942 due to Italian bombing.
There are contradicing stories of CLIVE being returned to Portsmouth after WW2, but this is thought to be an ex Italian crane commandeered after the war.


Photo courtesy of Kevin Blair

Photo from Smith's Dock Monthly July 1922