Vintage style art print of Belfast’s iconic Harland and Wolff twin cranes, Samson and Goliath.
Samson and Goliath are the twin shipbuilding gantry cranes situated at Queen’s Island, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The cranes, which were named after the Biblical figures Samson and Goliath, dominate the Belfast skyline and are landmark structures of the city. Comparative newcomers to the city, the cranes rapidly came to symbolise Belfast in a way that no building or monument had hitherto done.
The cranes are situated in the shipyard of Harland & Wolff and were constructed by the German engineering firm Krupp, with Goliath being completed in 1969 and Samson, in 1974. Goliath stands 96 metres (315 ft) tall, while Samson is taller at 106 metres (348 ft). Goliath, the smaller of the two sits slightly further inland closer to Belfast City.
Each crane has a span of 140 metres (459 ft) and can lift loads of up to 840 tonnes to a height of 70 metres (230 ft), making a combined lifting capacity of over 1,600 tonnes, one of the largest in the world. Prior to commissioning, the cranes were tested up to 1,000 tonnes, which bent the gantry downwards by over 30 centimetres (12 in). The dry dock at the base of the cranes is the 6th largest in the world  measuring 556 m × 93 m. The H&W logo was bolted onto the crane by Edward Salmon a shipyard worker who, before being apprenticed by H&W, sold newspapers at the entrance.
All prints produced with the highest quality long-life archive inks on 250g heavyweight paper and are supplied rolled in strong 7.5cm (3″) diameter postal tubes for reduced curl and safe transport. The pictures supplied suit standard frame sizes that are available in many furnishing and hardware stores such as Ikea.
The black outline is to show the edges of the print and to demonstrate what the print would look like in a frame. The finished prints do NOT have the jskelly.co.uk watermarks shown in the previews on screen.
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Prints are shipped rolled-up in strong, wide postal tubes, ready for framing.
I can only ship framed prints to the UK and Ireland.
For safety reasons, framed prints are shipped with plastic instead of glass.
UK – Standard UK shipping usually takes around 1 – 3 days. International – Standard (from approximately $10) or Tracked and Signed (from approximately $15) typically takes 7 to 10 days to the USA.
Standard 50x40cm pictures are kept in stock and usually dispatched within 24 hours (excluding weekends) – all other sizes are printed to order and usually take an extra 24 hours to dispatch.
*** As I live out in the country, last postal and courier collection times are quite early, therefore orders placed after 10am will likely not be shipped until the following working day.
I always do my best to ensure that orders are shipped within 1 or 2 working days.
Framed prints are supplied in black frames without a surrounding mount. Frames might vary depending what is available at the time, but I will do my best to ensure that frames in the same order will match. However, due to supply, frame styles for different sizes may vary.
For safety reasons, framed pictures will be shipped with a clear plastic face.
All my prints are in sizes to suit off-the-shelf frames as available from furnishing and hardware stores such as Ikea, B&Q, etc.