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Harbour Museum Rotterdam


From the Central Station and the Erasmus Bridge, the stately 'guards' are already visible. The Water Tap, Steam Crane Boele 10, Red Figee , yellow Figee and blue Stork. Cranes have made the transhipment of cargo easier. These beautiful large and smaller giants from the harbor all have a nice record.

The cranes on the quay of the Leuvehaven are driven by water pressure, steam and DC. All of them are restored by the volunteers of the museum. That this is not easily or quickly done was obvious. Thus, the components of the water tap have been gleaned piece by piece and afterwards put together, the red Figee turned from an old rusty object into his impressive form , the Boele 10 overhauled and new paneled and yellow Figee rebuilt and wired. Unfortunately, there is not a lot they know about the blue crane Stork.

The Figeecranes are mainly known for their 5 and 8 ton cranes, for example they were used for transhipment of the fruits at Pier Seaport / Seabrex Merwehaven.

Waalhaven, Pier 2 was popularly called "The Red Pier" because especially there where ships from the former communist countries served. Coincidentally, but salient, a lot of red cranes there and Multi-Terminals Waalhaven was also a focal point of the Oneness Box Central. This was after the second world war the most militant union and was affiliated with the Communist Party of the Netherlands. After the demise of the APL many workers of the Multi-Terminals kept on being organized in little more radical organizations such as the Red Morning.

  • Source: City of Rotterdam

The colors of the cranes were proprietary. Yellow of the municipality, Red for the firm Pakhoed and blue for Tomson.

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