Hidden Belgium: Antwerp’s old harbour cranes

Hidden Belgium: Antwerp’s old harbour cranes

Wander north along the Antwerp waterfront and you eventually reach a row of 17 abandoned harbour cranes.

Located on the Rijnkaai near Hangar 27, these giant machines were once used to unload cargo from ships in Antwerp harbour. They are now preserved by the MAS museum as examples of industrial technology.

The oldest is a wooden crane from 1907. The more modern electric crane with the number 400 KA was built in 1950, while 410 KD dates from 1961.

Derek Blyth’s hidden secret of the day: Derek Blyth is the author of the bestselling “The 500 Hidden Secrets of Belgium”. He picks out one of his favourite hidden secrets for The Brussels Times every day.

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