Description

The two great yellow-painted gantry cranes Samson and Goliath have become icons of Belfast, dominating the entire city skyline.

Constructed to service the vast new graving dock at Harland and Wolff, Goliath (the smaller at 315 ft) began work in 1969, and the 348ft Samson five years later. Each of the Krupp-Ardelt designed cranes can lift loads of up to 840 tons.

Harland and Wolff were still one of the world's great shipbuilders at the time and the building of the two cranes, during a difficult period for shipbuilding in Belfast, was seen as a sign of faith in the future.

Now much beloved Belfast landmarks, their own future was assured in 2003 when they were scheduled for preservation.

  • Queen's Road
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT3 9DT

You might also like

  • Titanic Belfast
    Titanic Belfast
    Attractions

    Titanic Belfast

    2.72KM

    Titanic Belfast is the world's largest Titanic visitor experience and a must-see on any visit to Belfast and…

    Find Out More
  • Crumlin Road Gaol
    Crumlin Road Gaol
    Attractions

    Crumlin Road Gaol

    1.82KM

    The Crumlin Road Gaol is a 19th century Grade A listed jail, open to the public for tours,…

    Find Out More
  • Barnett Demesne
    Barnett Demesne
    Attractions

    Barnett Demesne

    5.57KM

    Barnett Demesne opened to the public in 1951. Today, the park, in south Belfast, retains much of the…

    Find Out More
  • W5 at Odyssey
    W5 at Odyssey
    Attractions

    W5 at Odyssey

    1.74KM

    W5 is Belfast’s award-winning science and discovery centre and provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun…

    Find Out More
  • HMS Caroline
    HMS Caroline
    Attractions

    HMS Caroline

    3.55KM

    Step aboard HMS Caroline, a unique survivor of The Battle of Jutland in World War One.

    Find Out More
  • Ulster Folk Museum
    Ulster Folk Museum
    Attractions

    Ulster Folk Museum

    15.65KM

    Step back in time and experience what life was like in Ulster over 100 years ago.

    Find Out More
  • Stormont Parliament Buildings
    Stormont Parliament Buildings
    Attractions

    Stormont Parliament Buildings

    11.3KM

    Take a tour around Stormont Parliament Buildings and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Stormont Estate.

    Find Out More
  • Mount Stewart
    Mount Stewart
    Attractions

    Mount Stewart

    37.46KM

    Discover a place of enchantment

    Find Out More
Ask Us
Ask Us

We're here to help, so if you can't find the info you're after, or you just want to ask a really odd question, then we're here for you.

Ask A Question

Ask a Question

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Start
Choose a date
End
Choose a date
Back To Top
In order to display distances relevant to you, we'd like to be able to use your GPS location. Privacy Policy
In order to display distances relevant to your current position, we'd need to be able to use your GPS location. To find out more about how we use your location, please read our Privacy Policy
You have previously denied access to your GPS location. In order to allow access to your location, you need to update your site settings through your browser settings to allow this site access to your location.

To find out more about how we use your location, please read our Privacy Policy
Your settings have been updated. They will take effect next time you refresh the page.
By default, all distances on the site are calculated from Belfast City Centre. You can choose a different starting point here, or specify your own.
Open 'Ask a Question' window Close 'Ask a Question' window

Ask a Question

X

Hide this tool

Open 'Sign up for Newsletter' window Close 'Sign up for Newsletter' window

Visit Belfast Newsletter

X

Sign up to the Visit Belfast newsletter and receive inspiring ideas, events and offers which showcase the best of Belfast and Northern Ireland.

Sign-Up

Hide this tool