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Many small har­bours and quays pro­vided only for man­ual load­ing and un­load­ing of cargo, so when boats with their own on-board power-plant came along, it was log­i­cal to pro­vide pow­ered der­ricks for self-load­ing. Once pow­ered by the steam plant, to­day’s ships have elec­tric cranes with hy­draulic jibs en­abling trans­fer of goods be­tween ship and shore in a few mo­ments. Un­til the late 1950s, most road ve­hi­cles were also han­dled in this way, but the ad­vent of the roll-on, roll-off ferry (Ro-ro) brought a rev­o­lu­tion in ve­hi­cle han­dling, copied from the method used by the mil­i­tary with land­ing craft.

The clas­sic Scot­tish steam coaster was the ‘Clyde Puf­fer’. uses its der­rick to load a pe­riod-piece Al­bion lorry at an un­recorded lo­ca­tion. The 1964 Re­nault 4 was prob­a­bly quite new. CHRIS LEIGH COL­LEC­TION

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