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The crane, a symbol of the city and one of Gdansk's most photographed features, was the world's largest piece of port handling equipment in 15th century. The design of its wooden, upper part reminds me the famous Trojan Horse, I saw in Troy (Truva), Turkey now.
The crane was placed between the round pylons of the Wide Gate in 1444. Goods up to 4 tons could have been lifted up to 11 meters above the river level. It was used for loading ships and to install masts on the ships as well. The winch was powered by strong-legged men walking in huge hamster wheels.
The crane was burnt in 80% in 1945, at the end of WWII and was reconstructed in 1955 - 1862. Currently it is a part of the Central Maritime Museum, open daily 10.00 am - 6.00 pm, entrance fee - 6zl.
Address: Ul. Szeroka 67/68, Gdansk
Directions: Walk eastwards Dluga street, enter the longitudinal square called Dlugi Targ, pass through the Green Gate and turn left to Dlugie Pobrzeze, the crane approx. 200 m ahead. About 35 min. on foot from the Main Railway Station (Gdansk Glowny).
Phone: +48 (58) 301 53 11
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