Inchgreen is a large drydock in Port Glasgow, on the Firth of Clyde – built to handle the largest ships of the ’60s, it’s still owned by BAE Systems and used occasionally. There are three lovely big level-luffing cranes. I’ve climbed the Inchgreen cranes before, but I wasn’t entirely happy with the images I got shooting handheld, so kept meaning to go back.
The target was the one on the right, built by Arrols. As you can see, this is still a live site, and the cranes were in a different position to last time.
The long climb up:
I remembered that it was a big ladder – what I forgot was the handrails – or lack of them. The mesh platforms up top are two feet wide at their widest, with a handrail on only one side – sometimes. I was, frankly, terrified, but managed a couple of shots:
One final shot of a crane, ‘cos it’s pretty:
PS some historic images of the place:
Confusingly, the cranes have been upgraded I think – these cranes are different.