The Titan - Heavy Lift Floating Crane - Thanks to Adolf Hitler
Wednesday, April 07 2010 @ 10:17 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: The Titan floating crane was built in Germany in 1941 and after the war was moved to Long Beach, California where it served until 1996. The Titan was sold to the Panama Canal Authority and transported by a heavy lift ship to Panama. Among the largest floating cranes in the world, "Titan" was built by Hitler's Germany and claimed by the United States as war booty. Titan entered service in Panama in 1996 after having served for 50 years in Long Beach, California. The crane can be floated into the locks of the Panama Canal and is used for the heavy lifting required to maintain the doors of the locks of the canal. It can lift 350 metric tons and is one of the "strongest" cranes in the world. Note - this reported lift capability conflicts with the 700 tons the crane is supposedly lifting as reported in this article. The "Titan" was actually one of three built by the Germans. Of the other two, the British got one but lost it in a storm while towing it across the English channel, and the Russians got the other, but no one seems to know what ever became of it. While in Long Beach, the Titan was known as either "Herman the German", or simply the "German Crane."