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Crane in Gdansk, one of the water gates of Gdansk


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Gate called Crane of Gdansk was built in 1442-1444 in place of an earlier, fourteenth century, probably in the whole timber. The design consists of two powerful towers and timber lifting mechanism. It was one of the largest cranes in the port of medieval Europe.Crane mainly used to handling beer and ballast of ships, and to put up masts. Medieval device to carry 4 ton loads to a height of 11 meters. The mechanism of the lift was powered by two pairs of wheels deptakowych, the wheels went inside port workers underpaid. In every circle there were two.Crane on retired in the interwar period, which is relatively not long ago, it was used to lift small units in repair propellers. During the war he had suffered, splunęły all wood components are only the remains of the thickest walls. Rebuilt in 1956, following the example of the early seventeenth century.Today the building is home to one of the seats of the National Maritime Museum. Here we can admire the exhibition, depicting life in the seventeenth century Gdańsk port city. We can see the currency terms, the typical middle-class home interior, crafts workshops, ways of storing and transporting goods and most of all mechanisms of the crane. Complemented models and patterns of principles of the port.