Sunday, June 25, 2017

60-foot ringer crane in the 1980s, Hercules

I got the impression that this was the first ringer crane ever designed. Or at least the largest at its time.

(Update: photos of it working on the Peoria Lock and Dam. In 2019 it replaced lock gates in #5A because a barge allided with a gate and damaged it.)

After it built the Luling Bridge, it was bought by the contractor for the Copper River Bridge in South Carolina. After that bride was done, the US Army Core of Engineers bought it.
Ben Stalvey posted
Can't wait to see more pictures of this platform Ringer. The US Army Corp Of Engineers owns it now. Called Hercules
Josh Karras commented on the posting
[This  is another barge mounted ringer crane with a jib and a big pile of counterweights.]
In 2013, Hercules helped clean up the Marseilles Dam barge allision.
US Coast Guard Photo from gCaptain



Tim Freitag posted
He is at Peoria Lock and Dam
There you go Ben think this is a 4100. It's a core rig named Hercules.
Ben StalveyGroup Admin It's actually a 60' platform ringer. All platform ringers were based off of some pieces and parts of a 4600.

Mike weaver commented on Tim's posting
Mike Weaver commented on Tim's posting
Ben StalveyGroup Admin Sure is neat how it folds down
Jon Hart Has to fit under those bridges!
Andrew Erickson posted
Hercules headed up river by Lacon IL
[I wonder where the USACE stores it between jobs.]
Dennis DeBruler posted two photos with the comment:
The current Google Maps satellite image has a ringer working on the Dresden Dam. I wonder if it is the Hercules. The ringer has lowered a bulkhead into the gate opening and lifted the Tainter gate onto a couple of barges that are lashed together as a work surface. One of the support barges also has a crane. I included the overview because they are releasing water through just three gates to keep the river's flow away from the gate repair even though that increases the flow near the shipping channel. https://www.google.com/…/@41.3992349,-88.2821…/data=!3m1!1e3
Ben StalveyBen and 4 others manage the membership, moderators, settings, and posts for Manitowoc Crane Enthusiasts. That sure is Hercules

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Beau Niedjelski commented on Dennis' posting
It's probably this crane I see it up and down the illinois river all the time
Joe Ahern commented on Dennis' posting
[This photo taught me to try out the I&M Canal trail head parking lot on the north side and walk East down the trail instead of going to the dam's visitor center on the south side.]
2019 Update:

The Hercules is still at the Olmsted Dam [Dan O'Neal It is still at Olmsted Lock and Dam Olmsted, Ill. (post)].

Here is a similar crane being manufactured.
Ben Stalvey posted
One massive 60ft platform ringer. This was at the time the start of the massive American Bridge Gantry Manitowoc platform ringer.
The American Bridge ringer was mounted on a gantry instead of a barge.
Ben Stalvey commented on his post
A 60' diameter PLATFORM-RINGER equipped with 180' boom and 120' jib handling a 460-ton, 65' diameter heat exchanger. The gantry it's on is 50' high, and the crane set the piece onto anchor bolts 12' below grade with 1/16" tolerance. Job took place in 1980 or 1981 for a USAF jet-engine test facility at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Was on cover of Manitowoc's 1981 annual report and was also a Manitowoc ad that would have run in Engineering News-Record.

Steven Mason commented on Ben's post, cropped
Here it is with 850000 pounds on the hook.


Misc Update:

These are evidently not the Hercules itself, but similar barge based ringer cranes made by Manitowoc.
Bob Donnoe posted
Snoopy Guillory That’s a series 600 sea crane. I’ve made many a round on that girl. Still goin strong too. 800 ton. It was downgraded years ago. I load tested it at 1275 tons.  Used to have a boiler in the back for the Vulcan steam hammers we would use to drive pile with. Only 3 like it in the world.
Rickey Park You could smoke a cigar waiting for that block to drop.
Snoopy Guillory It comes down faster than you think. Going up is a different story. Lol
Snoopy Guillory Three cranes, Arapaho, Cherokee, and Cheyenne. The Cherokee crane was 975 tons the last time I was there.
William Oldani commented on Bob's posting

Joseph Daniel Imhoff commented on Bob's posting
That’s the Hercules
Snoopy Guillory That’s the Cherokee. Hercules had a spool in the main deck.Joseph Daniel Imhoff It can be removed but when I was on there no more spool it was just in the yard.Snoopy Guillory The Hercules didn’t have the extension in the front of the pipe alley.Ray Green This photo is not the Hercules. The Hercules has a Clyde on it. Doesn't look like it unless they did a major overhaul on it. The tower was almost on the side of the crane. I miss the old Hercules, many good times.Johnny Berryhill Looks like the Arapaho

Joseph Daniel Imhoff commented on Bob's posting

Joseph Daniel Imhoff commented on Bob's posting

The USACE has built a new barge mounted crane using a Manitowoc 18000 on a pedestal.
John R Galle shared
New crane barge for the Corps of Engineers from Conrad Industries
Mike Sisung commented on John's share, cropped
This is the a picture i took of it a few weeks ago




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