A UNIC URW-095 mini spider crane from GGR’s Scottish depot went to The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh to get a lesson in marine biology as it got an exclusive close look at their brand new exhibit, a whale skull.
The 600mm wide mini crane travelled through the tight spaces in the museum to The Grand Gallery where this massive mammal’s skull was to be displayed as part of their world-renowned whale collection.
The skull belongs to “Moby”, a 40ft long male sperm whale that tragically became stranded on the banks of the River Forth in 1997 after getting lost on his yearly migration from the Arctic to the Azores. Sperm whales have the largest brains of any modern or extinct animal and their giant skulls include many cone-shaped teeth are used for eating giant squid.
The skull of this spectacular sea creature was lifted onto a 4 metre tall stand by the 0.995 tonne capacity spider crane in two sections. GGR’s lifting team first lifted the 4.7 metre long bottom jaw section then carefully positioned the larger 600kg main skull section on top of that. The LPG power mini crane was ideal for working in the museum around other exhibits as it has low-emissions and releases no toxic fumes.
GGR’s compact cranes and lifting equipment have been used in a number of museums around the UK…
- A UNIC URW-094 crane lifted Roman sandstone slabs at The Hunterian in Glasgow
- A HOMER robot installed a stone sign at the Museum of Liverpool entrance
- A UNIC URW-095 crane replaced Victorian lamp-posts at the World Museum Liverpool
- A UNIC URW-376 crane lifted glass cabinets at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London
- A G20 pick and carry crane lifted a fiberglass elephant at the Stratford Armouries Museum
- A UNIC URW-376 crane installed a heating exchanger in the main exhibition hall at the Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
- A Glassmax Giraffe fitted glazing for the ticket office at the Glasgow Museum of Transport
- GGR’s range of hand cups are often used for safely handling glass cases and cabinets for smaller exhibits