Story: Ports and harbours

The Wellington Harbour Board's new container crane (2nd of 2)

The Wellington Harbour Board's new container crane

Enormous gantry cranes dominated port skylines from the 1970s. In 1975 Wellington’s second crane, a Vickers Hoskings/Paceco single lift telescopic spreader crane, was being completed. Towering almost 75 metres above the wharf, it could lift 46 tonnes, better than the three and five tonnes of most conventional wharf cranes.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1975/4141/11

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Gavin McLean, 'Ports and harbours - The modern era, 1960 onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 February 2020)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 30 Jul 2015