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Lampson crane by the TLP deck - c1983
Scotland's Rig Yards
No: 18   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Year: 1983   Manufacturer: Ardersier
Lampson crane by the TLP deck - c1983

Ardersier had two huge Lampson cranes if I remember correctly. I think they could lift 1500 tonnes each. I remember coming to work one misty day and driving down the yard in the company Land Rover. I stopped at one point and looked up, and could just see an entire (small) jacket hanging above my head. It had just been left there overnight, hanging from the Lampsons - gave me a bit of a shock.
Picture added on 20 July 2010 at 13:21
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This looks like Ardersier but neither of the two cranes are Lampson.

Added by Andy MacLeod on 12 July 2011.
It's definitely Ardersier - I remember taking the photo. The blue crane is a Lampson Transi-Lift.

Added by Garve Scott-Lodge on 15 July 2011.
Bring back the old days ie Petrology, M.B Services etc Piper Bravo job.

Added by on 15 August 2011.
Ardersier had one lampson and Nigg had a Lampson Crane also built to spec for Graving Dock use.

Added by Iain J Ross on 09 September 2011.
Ardersier had 2 lampson trans-lift cranes that could be seen for miles around. Nigg only had one. I worked as a scaffolder/rigger at Ardersier from 1980 to 1988. I dare say the gentlemen worked on the site shortly before its decline.

Added by G Macgregor on 22 October 2011.
One of the Lampson cranes from Ardersier, the one with square beams, is in Verdal in the middle of Norway still at work and looking nice. In January 2012 the big sister, the Translift 2600 is comming to Verdal!!!

Added by Ronnty Smulan on 08 November 2011.
The large blue crane is Ardersier's second Lampson with it's changable for length centre section. I have a photo somewhere of Ardersier's two Lampsons doing a big lift on the Brae jacket. Legend has it that the famous Duncan Dick (rigging GF) had the rear counterbalance carrying unit "sprag" over a small vibrating roller that was used to prepare the hardstanding!

It is also worth noting that in my years at Ardersier 77 - 88 photography was probably classed as a sacking offence. Nigg 89 - 93 was pretty easy going, and when I went back to Ardersier a few times in the 90's Nigg had amalgamated so I got some pre-digital crackers. A lot of video too. Heaps of video and stills offshore too. I still take a lot of shots with my current employer of Hydro Power Stations etc. It's all history guys although we might not think it at the time !

Added by George Paton on 03 August 2012.

Added by Barbara Doran on 13 June 2013.
Barbara...wrong Crane I'm afraid! There were a few came down at Ardersier over the years, but the one you are thinking of is the huge portal lift frame, built to lift components for the Conoco Murchison Jacket, called Nessie! Duringtest lifts at the west end of the Deck Assembly Building in summer 1978 it collapsed in the early evening, missing a Canteen... Workshops... and gas tanks! No-one was hurt! and most of it was scrapped. There are some before and after photos on the Internet... it was much bigger than any Lampson!

Added by George Paton on 15 May 2015.
Worked on and off for 7 months during 83-84 installing power control switchgear for my company, ALLEN WEST & Co. Brighton. Remember the feel rather than the sound of these two monsters. Apparently among the largest around at that time

Added by Norman Porcher on 07 February 2016.
I worked on both of those cranes. They were Lampson Trans-Lift 2000s. They could manage 1500T on a short boom standard rig, just. If the Skyhorse rig was fitted, they could go up to 2000T on a longer boom, but McDerrmots never bought them.

Added by Gerry on 29 August 2016.
I worked at Ardersier from 1980 till 1989. One of the Lampsons was sent to China in 1990, as was I, whereupon it was struck by lightening knocking out the weighload indicator ans setting the grease around the tracks on fire. From there it was sent to McD's yard on Batam Island, as was I, and it's demise came in the summer on '92 when it collapsed lifting a bottle. Only the rear transporter survived the accident and I believe it's still there in use today.

Added by Billy Kirkpatrick on 16 November 2016.
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