J3474 : The 'Big Fish', Belfast [detail] by Rossographer

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The 'Big Fish', Belfast [detail]
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J3474 | taken 9 years ago, Tuesday, 30 November, 2010 | by Rossographer
Detail of the 'Big Fish' sculpture in Belfast - see also LinkExternal link for related images. The outer ‘skin’ of the fish is a cladding of ceramic tiles decorated with texts and images relating to the history of Belfast. The tile in the centre shows a picture of the Arrol Gantry which once stood at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in the city. Specially built to enable the yard to construct the 'Olympic' class ocean liners in the early 1900s, the gantry was 840 feet long, 270 feet wide and the tallest section stood at 227 feet high. The gantry was constructed by Sir William Arrol and Co. Ltd. of Glasgow - the same firm who constructed the Forth Rail Bridge. The gantry remained in use until the 1960s when it was removed - shipbuilding transferred to the new building dock in the Musgrave Channel J3574 : Cranes and construction site, Belfast and two new cranes became landmarks on the Belfast skyline. The crane 'Goliath' J3575 : Samson or Goliath? can be seen in the background. The land on which the Arrol Gantry once stood is now undergoing a huge regeneration project - see LinkExternal link for images of the signature building currently under construction on the site of the gantry.
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