Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A crane in which the load is counterbalanced in whole or in part by a weight, swinging with the load, but placed upon the opposite side of the pintle or post.
“The people on the rock were seen busily employed, and had the balance-crane apparently ready for use, but no communication could be had with them today.”
“The stones were then moved along the bridge on the waggon to the building within reach of the balance-crane, with which they were laid in their respective places on the building.”
“Flags were also hoisted upon the beacon-house and balance-crane on the top of the building.”
“The inhabitants of the beacon were all well, but tired above measure for want of employment, as the balance-crane and apparatus was all in readiness.”
“The artificers had finished the laying of the balcony course, excepting the centre-stone of the light-room floor, which, like the centres of the other floors, could not be laid in its place till after the removal of the foot and shaft of the balance-crane.”
“The people on the rock, however, were busily employed in screwing together the balance-crane, cutting out the joggle-holes in the upper course, and preparing all things for commencing the building operations.”
“In this manner the several castings of the balance-crane were got up to the top of the solid of the building.”
“When the first stone was to be suspended by the balance-crane, the bell on the beacon was rung, and all the artificers and seamen were collected on the building.”
“The people on the rock were seen busily employed, and had the balance-crane apparently ready for use, but no communication could be had with them to-day.”
“The landing-master's crew succeeded in towing into the creek on the western side of the rock the praam-boat with the balance-crane, which had now been on board of the praam for five days.”
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