That's a really big crane

st peters crane

It'll make your inner four-year-old smile.

We couldn't help but notice the crane that's being used for the St. Peter's expansion. It's enormous -- it even dwarfs the hospital.

So how big is it exactly? Well, you know we had to find out.

According to Elmer Streeter, a spokesperson for St. Peter's, the crane being used at the construction site is a Manitowoc model 999 -- and it's one of the tallest cranes of its type in the world. As constructed at St. Peter's, the crane is 300 feet tall.

For some perspective, the Corning Tower is 589 feet tall -- so this crane is more than half the size of that the building.

The crane is also capable of lifting 275 tons -- that's the weight of more than 200 Honda Civics.

The crane is scheduled to be on-site at St. Peter's until mid-May.

Here are a few more pics (the first is a composite)...

st peters crane composite

st peters crane closeup


"that's what she said"

I find things like that intimidating. They seem to defy physics, even though I know they don't. I just won't be lingering underneath one, that's for sure.

Noticed this myself just last week. The ongoing construction at this corner has been entertaining my toddler for about a year now, its even better than T.V.!


- This crane is actually marginally smaller than Texas.
- If you fold its arm correctly, you can fit it in 20 Olympic swimming pools.
- You can put about 20,000 songs in that thing. That's more than my iPod!
- If you were to reinforce the whole structure with books, it could hold more than the (Uzbekistan) Library of Congress!
- This crane costs about a million Big Macs. Coincidentally, they all fit in 200 Honda Civics!
- If you put this crane on top of another crane on top of a dinosaur on top of a rocket, it would be taller than the Empire State Building!

The real question is, how do you get a big crane up in the air like that, if not with a bigger crane? Confounding!

I'm really loving the crane, it's right near my house. When it's gone I won't how to find my way home...

@B: if you had read the PDF specifications (and really, who shouldn't), you would have noticed: "Fast, efficient self-assembly and disassembly". More than meets the eye.

Self-assembly??? I was hoping for Doozers or something. It's the end of the world as we know it, and I definitely do not feel fine.

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