Huge crane comes into harbour

GIANT A large floating crane is towed into Portsmouth harbour.     Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (111378-1)
GIANT A large floating crane is towed into Portsmouth harbour. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (111378-1)
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A HUGE floating crane was towed into Portsmouth Harbour yesterday for a clean.

The giant Canute crane barge was brought in from Southampton port and will spend two weeks with BAE Systems’ Commercial Ship Repair team which will carry out a survey on it and any repairs needed.

Four tugs helped get the crane into Portsmouth at 9am.

Steve Ryder, who is project manager for BAE Commercial Ship Repair, said: ‘It belongs to Associated British Ports in Southampton and is used to lift all sorts of things up to 200 tonnes.

‘We’re going to bring it in to dry dock and give it a bit of a clean-up and scrape the bottom of it.

‘We’re giving it a survey and then it’ll be sent back to Southampton in 14 days.’

The crane is named after King Canute, who was King of England in the 11th century.

Legend has it he once sat on the shore at Bosham on his throne and commanded the incoming tide to stop, to prove to his slavish courtiers that there were some things beyond his control.