Old Crane (Zuraw)

 

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Old Crane (in polish Żuraw), is a harbour mechanism, which helped with ships embarking. It is the part of Wide Gate, one of water gates of Gdańsk.


The first construction at this place stood in 1367, but the present one was built in 1441 -1444. It still makes it one of the oldest cranes around Baltic. The mechanism of human powered threadwheels was able to rise four tons to the height of eleven metres. Despite of loading cargo to the ships, mainly barrels of beer from local breweries, the Crane was used also for placing masts on bigger vessels.
During the World War II the wooden part of construction was destroyed, but the brick gate reminded. Now, after renovation, it's one of most recognized Gdańsk symbols, and a must-see for every visitor.





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