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Alter Krahnen (old crane) at Andernach.
The crane was taken into service in 1561 and with interruptions was in regular use for loading mill stones, wine barrels and other goods into Rhine ships until 1911. View from a cruise ship.
It had the reputation of being the biggest one among approx. 80 similar constructions on the banks of German rivers or lakes. The mechanical part is still in a good shape. It's ongoing existence is due to the fact that the crane was erected several hundred meters off the town wall and did not disturb anybody when the perimeter of the city was extended in the 20th century.
PS @ marabu61: The situation is very similar to Château Chillon/Lake Geneva. The old road passes directly behind the crane (see the fence) and is still in use for local purposes and to leave Andernach northward. Bundesstrasse 9 got a new four lane track in the sixties, leading on pillars over the steep slope of Krahnenberg for several kilometers - and a permanent source of anger as renovation work has been lasting now for almost five years..

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