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Gdańsk crane (14th century)

Gdańsk crane (14th century)

This crane, the icon of Gdańsk, was built in the 14th century and renovated in 1442-4. It combined the functions of a city gate and port crane and was powered by men working huge treadmills inside. It was capable of lifting up to 2 tons to a height of 27 meters (90 feet) and could also fit masts to ships. It is situated on the Motława River.

We crossed over to the other side of the river just to get this shot as I was so very taken with the crane even from before the first time I saw it.

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/125s f/13.0 at 35.0mm iso200 full exif

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fern_t16-Jun-2015 15:52
Love the colour, the sky and the perspective!
Paul L-R17-Sep-2012 15:33
Thanks for sharing the history as it really provides context for this wonderful image. V
Range View 17-Jul-2012 22:06
What a magnificent structure! Excellent composition and detail. V
Alain Boussac08-Jul-2012 16:52
Impressive, unique, and beautiful. V.
Buba Jafarli06-Jul-2012 04:34
Even being exposed to many modern technologies, I am fascinated by this large medieval crane! Great shot, Helen! V.
Wilfred Seefeld04-Jul-2012 15:31
Fabulous presentation of this waterfront, and the magnificent sky rounds it up! V
January Grey04-Jul-2012 01:37
amazing architecture! A beautiful image, Helen! V~
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)03-Jul-2012 05:55
Great image,thanks for sharing! V
Yiannis Pavlis03-Jul-2012 01:20
Well seen, beautifully captured.V
Apostolos Tikopoulos02-Jul-2012 20:38
Excellent composition and nice details. V.
longbachnguyen02-Jul-2012 05:53
that is so beautiful
Milan Vogrin29-Jun-2012 17:16
Very nice photo.V!
Betty Vlasiu29-Jun-2012 15:37
Wonderful composition and lighting.
Tom LeRoy29-Jun-2012 13:50
A great waterfront scene, the buildings image are very nice. The giant crane is spectacular in size and function. Just a superb shot! V
Zoltán Balogh28-Jun-2012 12:55
How nice and eye-catching! V
Lennart Waara28-Jun-2012 08:11
A fine city photo with excellent composition!
Graeme25-Jun-2012 23:12
Fascinating crane and information about it Helen.BV
Walter O. Koenig25-Jun-2012 02:14
A fine shot of this iconic landmark. A great perspective in this well composed image. "V"
woody3424-Jun-2012 23:41
A wonderful capture, the whole waterfront scene architecture is beautiful..
joseantonio24-Jun-2012 20:39
Fascinating image from this side of the river
John Reynolds24-Jun-2012 20:19
The crane is a fascinating structure and this is a wonderful dock-side scene. V.
Mark Chambers24-Jun-2012 19:39
Great waterfront. V
Mairéad24-Jun-2012 19:37
The perfect marriage of beauty and function. Very nicely composed shot
of this busy waterfront. V
Jola Dziubinska24-Jun-2012 19:20
Wonderful capture, Helen, excellent perspective showing the line of old buildings along the river. V.
Stephanie24-Jun-2012 18:58
WOW! What a beautiful series of buildings! VV