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Titanic's Cargo Cranes Return to Diagram


Titanic was equipped with eight electric cranes, four electric winches and three steam winches to lift cargo and baggage in and out of the hold. It is estimated that the ship used some 415 tons of coal whilst in Southampton, simply generating steam to operate the cargo winches and provide heat and light.   The big cranes seen above were located forward and aft over the well decks where the cargo hatches were.


(Above left) Present day photo of some of the port side cargo winches over the forward well deck. (Above right) the forward well deck as it appears today.


The forward port and starboard electric cranes as they appear today.


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