Friday, June 5, 2015

Crane Your Neck for a Look at This

Poland PL-386561 received 03-19-2012

Sent by: lolex30
From: Poland
ID number: PL-386561
Notes: Gdańsk is a city of about 460,000 people in northern Poland.  The first written record of the city was written in 999 A.D., so the city is quite old.  The tall structure shown here along the shore of the Motława River is actually a medieval port crane, which was built in the 15th century after the earlier crane was destroyed in a fire.  The crane was used to put masts on ships, and also to load cargo. The wooden portion of the crane was destroyed during World War II, and only 60% of the brick portion remained.  It was rebuilt after the war and turned into a maritime museum.

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