"A hoisting crane used in building piers, towers, chineys, etc."-Whitney, 1902

Abutment-crane

"A hoisting crane used in building piers, towers, chineys, etc."-Whitney, 1902

An illustration of a baby in a basket with a crane standing over it.

Baby in Basket & Crane

An illustration of a baby in a basket with a crane standing over it.

"The Cariama is a very pretty bird, easily domesticated, and evinces great attachment to its favorites."

Cariama

"The Cariama is a very pretty bird, easily domesticated, and evinces great attachment to its favorites."

Cranes are essentially migratory birds and can travel great distances without eating.

Crane

Cranes are essentially migratory birds and can travel great distances without eating.

Cranes are essentially migratory birds and can travel great distances without eating.

Crane

Cranes are essentially migratory birds and can travel great distances without eating.

Cranes are large, long-legged and long-necked birds of the order Gruiformes, and family Gruidae. Unlike the similar-looking but unrelated herons, cranes fly with necks outstretched, not pulled back. There are representatives of this group on all the continents except Antarctica and South America. Most species of cranes are at least threatened, if not critically endangered, within their range. The plight of the Whooping Cranes of North America inspired some of the first US legislation to protect endangered species.

Crane

Cranes are large, long-legged and long-necked birds of the order Gruiformes, and family Gruidae. Unlike…

The head and leg of the crane, a bird in the Gruidae family of cranes.

Crane Head and Leg

The head and leg of the crane, a bird in the Gruidae family of cranes.

The balearic crane (also known as the crowned crane) stands about four feet high, and is easily domesticable.

Balearic Crane

The balearic crane (also known as the crowned crane) stands about four feet high, and is easily domesticable.

The common crane of Europe is mostly of a blueish-ash color, feeding on worms, insects, reptiles, mollusca, and sometimes on grain.

Common European crane

The common crane of Europe is mostly of a blueish-ash color, feeding on worms, insects, reptiles, mollusca,…

Lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended from a pivoted boom that rotates around a vertical axis.

Construction Crane

Lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended from a pivoted boom that rotates around a…

"The Crested Crane has the top of its head adorned with a tuft of feathers, which it has the power of spreading out like a fan, so as to form a handsome ornament."

Crested Crane

"The Crested Crane has the top of its head adorned with a tuft of feathers, which it has the power of…

Cranes are essentially migratory birds and can travel great distances without eating.

Crowned Crane

Cranes are essentially migratory birds and can travel great distances without eating.

"Balearica pavonina, the "Crowned" Crane of the Northern Ethiopian Region, is greenish-black above and dark grey below, most of the feathers being lanceolate (shaped like a lance); the neck is delicate grey all around, the secondaries are chestnut-the inner being somewhat decomposed; white and yellow shew on the wing coverts; a spreading tuft of twisted yellow and white bristles with black tips surmounts the occiput, while the sides of the face are bare-white above and pink below, and the throat is covered with black down. There is a very small throat-wattle in this form." A. H. Evans, 1900

Crowned Crane

"Balearica pavonina, the "Crowned" Crane of the Northern Ethiopian Region, is greenish-black above and…

"It is gifted with great powers of mimicry. Its movements have an air of affectation and mannerism, as if it desired to attract the attention of the spectator."

Demoiselle Crane

"It is gifted with great powers of mimicry. Its movements have an air of affectation and mannerism,…

An illustration of a fixed hand revolving jib crane. A jib crane is a type of crane where a horizontal member (jib or boom), supporting a moveable hoist, is fixed to a wall or to a floor-mounted pillar. Jib cranes are used in industrial premises and on military vehicles. The jib may swing through an arc, to give additional lateral movement, or be fixed. Similar cranes, often known simply as hoists, were fitted on the top floor of warehouse buildings to enable goods to be lifted to all floors.

Fixed Hand Revolving Jib Crane

An illustration of a fixed hand revolving jib crane. A jib crane is a type of crane where a horizontal…

An illustration of a foundry crane which is used in steel-making.

Foundry Crane

An illustration of a foundry crane which is used in steel-making.

The "hammerhead", or giant cantilever, crane is a fixed-jib crane consisting of a steel-braced tower on which revolves a large, horizontal, double cantilever; the forward part of this cantilever or jib carries the lifting trolley, the jib is extended backwards in order to form a support for the machinery and counter-balancing weight. In addition to the motions of lifting and revolving, there is provided a so-called "racking" motion, by which the lifting trolley, with the load suspended, can be moved in and out along the jib without altering the level of the load. Such horizontal movement of the load is a marked feature of later crane design. These cranes are generally constructed in large sizes, up to 350 tons.

Hammerhead Crane

The "hammerhead", or giant cantilever, crane is a fixed-jib crane consisting of a steel-braced tower…

A crane is a lifting machine, generally equipped with a winder, wire ropes or chains and sheaves, that can be used both to lift and lower materials and to move them horizontally. It uses one or more simple machines to create mechanical advantage and thus move loads beyond the normal capability of a human. Cranes are commonly employed in the transport industry for the loading and unloading of freight, in the construction industry for the movement of materials and in the manufacturing industry for the assembling of heavy equipment.

Crane for Lifting Cars

A crane is a lifting machine, generally equipped with a winder, wire ropes or chains and sheaves, that…

A crane is a lifting machine, generally equipped with a winder (also called a wire rope drum), wire ropes or chains and sheaves, that can be used both to lift and lower materials and to move them horizontally.

Naval Crane

A crane is a lifting machine, generally equipped with a winder (also called a wire rope drum), wire…

Averaging about three feet in length, the numidian crane makes its home in Africa, though it has been sited in Asia and occaisionally Southern Europe.

Numidian crane

Averaging about three feet in length, the numidian crane makes its home in Africa, though it has been…

"A Crane is a machine for lifting weights, worked either by hand or by steam, or by hydraulic power. The most common hand form consisting of an upright revolving post and projecting arm, the jib with a fixed pulley at its extremity. The lifting chain or rope is secured to the weight, passes over the fixed pulley, and then round a drum or cylinder; suitable toothed-wheel gearing worked by a handle revolves this drum, and thus winds up or unwinds the rope or chain, and so raises or lowers the weight."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Steam Crane

"A Crane is a machine for lifting weights, worked either by hand or by steam, or by hydraulic power.…

The titan crane refers to an extremely large cantilever crane.

Titan Crane

The titan crane refers to an extremely large cantilever crane.

The Demoiselle, or Numidian crane.

Demoiselle

The Demoiselle, or Numidian crane.

"Crane-fly (Tipula oleracea): a, eggs; b, larva; c, pupa case as left by the insect, sticking out of the eath; d, perfect insect." — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Crane Fly

"Crane-fly (Tipula oleracea): a, eggs; b, larva; c, pupa case as left by the insect, sticking out of…

This is a hay lifting device composed of one mast or pole which is hinged freely at the bottom. It is controlled by about four lines powered by some means such as man hauling, so that the pole can move in all four directions. A line runs up it and over its top with a hook on the end, like with a crane.

Hinged Hay Derrick

This is a hay lifting device composed of one mast or pole which is hinged freely at the bottom. It is…

A lifting hook is a device used for grabbing and lifting loads by means of a device such as a hoist or crane. Lifting hooks are usually equipped with a safety latch to prevent the disengagement of the lifting wire rope sling, chain or rope to which the load is attached. Hooks may have one or more built in pulleys to amplify the lifting force.

Safety Purpose Lifting Hook

A lifting hook is a device used for grabbing and lifting loads by means of a device such as a hoist…

The sheer hulk is a ship that is afloat but incapable of going to sea. It was used as a crane to help construct ships with its sheers (masts).

Sheer Hulk

The sheer hulk is a ship that is afloat but incapable of going to sea. It was used as a crane to help…

An illustration of a man crouched down guarding his face from a crane attacking him.

Man Attacked by Crane

An illustration of a man crouched down guarding his face from a crane attacking him.

"Crane Public Library, Quincy, Mass." — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Public Library

"Crane Public Library, Quincy, Mass." — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910