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Shipyard cranes set sail to India

Swan Hunter cranes
The cranes were an iconic landmark on Tyneside (Pic: David Hilton)

The giant cranes from Tyneside's former Swan Hunter shipyard have set sail for India.

The cranes, which marked the River Tyne's skyline for generations, were dismantled last year following the yard's closure in 2006.

They had been due to leave the river on Saturday but were delayed at the Port of Tyne because of technical problems.

After being manoeuvred onto a massive barge, they finally departed at about 2000 BST on Monday.

They are on their way to Mangalore, following a £2.5m sale of assets.

Swan Hunter closed in 2006 and plans to establish the yard as a breaking business did not come to fruition.

The company built some of the most famous ships of the early 20th Century, including the Mauretania.



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