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Nagasaki Crane named final Scottish Ten project

August 12 2014

Nagasaki Crane named final Scottish Ten project
Japan’s  Nagasaki Giant Cantilever Crane, one of just 11 examples of its type remaining including Clydebank’s Titan crane, has been chosen by the Scottish Government as its final Scottish Ten project.

The laser scanning project will see Historic Scotland work in partnership with the Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio and CyArk to record the landmark for posterity.

Commissioned by Thomas Blake Glover and designed by the Glasgow Electric Crane and Hoist Company the engineering landmark was assembled by the Motherwell Bridge Company in 1909 and remains in regular use by the Mitsubishi Group.

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Scotland and Japan have longstanding cultural links, particularly in Nagasaki, thanks to our own Thomas Blake Glover (the ‘Scottish Samurai’) whose innovation and foresight is still celebrated today. This crane is a fitting symbol of Scotland’s engineering prowess and of her influence across the world.”

Previous projects to be given the Scottish Ten treatment include New Lanark, St Kilda, Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns, the Antonine Wall and Neolithic Orkney. It has also scanned Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, China’s Eastern Qing Tombs, Rani ki Vav (Queens Stepwell) in Gujarat, India and Sydney Opera House.

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