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Construction of Highland 2 at Hifab
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Construction of Highland 2 at Hifab

'Little Wolf', the tower crane can be seen in the foreground, with 'Big Wolf' behind the jacket. They were named after one of the American highheidyins, Wolf Pabst, who died in a plane crash.
Picture added on 01 September 2005
I remember the tower cranes, and the legendary Wolf Pabst, as I was at Nigg for the building of Highlands 1 & 2.
Added by Denis Taylor on 25 November 2006
As far as can recall the cranes were sold to China when the dry dock was upgraded in the early 90's - all except the towers, one of which is still at Nigg. I wonder what happened to the other tower?
Added by Calum Davidson on 28 November 2006
Calum at the time the cranes were sold the rumour was that they were bought nfor £300, 000 and sold on to South America somewhere for £3 million, how true that is im not sure but thats what was going around at the time. The other tower was sunk of the coast up north as an artificial reef.
Added by Ronald Young on 28 November 2006
Both clyde cranes were sold to Fletchers cranes from Seattle, USA. The small gantry was cut up for scrap along with the bogies that they ran on. All the other cranes were sold to a company in India except the Lampson which was loaded out for Dubai August 2007.
Added by Ross Rodger on 18 January 2008
The larger of the two gantry cranes big wolf can be seen on this website
and the company that own its website is website

Added by Garry mackay on 19 January 2008
Big Wolff is back on a barge in Seattle, I'm sure I found a picture of her building a bridge. I think she is now known as the Crane Barge "D B General" and the "Wotan" might be "Little Wolff"...The "General" is G.C Construction and you can find pictures on the web. "Wotan" is Manson Construction. Still working!

Added by Donald Gillies on 15 August 2014
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