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Construction of Highland 2 at Hifab

Construction of Highland 2 at Hifab

Date Added: 01 September 2005 Contributor: Pat Swanson Year: 1975 Picture No: 1370

'Little Wolf', the tower crane can be seen in the foreground, with 'Big Wolf' behind the jacket. They were named after one of the American highheidyins, Wolf Pabst, who died in a plane crash.

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I remember the tower cranes, and the legendary Wolf Pabst, as I was at Nigg for the building of Highlands 1 & 2. Comment left on 25 November 2006 at 20:51 by Denis Taylor
As far as can recall the cranes were sold to China when the dry dock was upgraded in the early 90's - all except the towers, one of which is still at Nigg. I wonder what happened to the other tower? Comment left on 28 November 2006 at 13:44 by Calum Davidson
Calum at the time the cranes were sold the rumour was that they were bought nfor £300, 000 and sold on to South America somewhere for £3 million, how true that is im not sure but thats what was going around at the time. The other tower was sunk of the coast up north as an artificial reef. Comment left on 28 November 2006 at 23:06 by Ronald Young
Both clyde cranes were sold to Fletchers cranes from Seattle, USA. The small gantry was cut up for scrap along with the bogies that they ran on. All the other cranes were sold to a company in India except the Lampson which was loaded out for Dubai August 2007. Comment left on 18 January 2008 at 21:08 by Ross Rodger
The larger of the two gantry cranes big wolf can be seen on this website
and the company that own its website is website

Comment left on 19 January 2008 at 11:10 by Garry mackay
Big Wolff is back on a barge in Seattle, I'm sure I found a picture of her building a bridge. I think she is now known as the Crane Barge "D B General" and the "Wotan" might be "Little Wolff"...The "General" is G.C Construction and you can find pictures on the web. "Wotan" is Manson Construction. Still working!
Comment left on 15 August 2014 at 00:57 by Donald Gillies
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