Monte Real says goodbye to its old gantry crane

After more than thirty years serving the members of the club and the fishermen of the Baiona brotherhood, the Monte Real Club de Yates dismantles its old gantry crane these days.

Built at Fundiciones Rey, in Vilagarcía de Arousa, thanks to funds from the Secretary of State for Tourism, the machine arrived at the club in the early 1980s to carry out boat stranding work in the fishing village.

The transfer to Baiona was made by sea, and before starting it up, Monte Real signed an agreement with the brotherhood of La Anunciada so that all the fishermen of the town could carry out the beaching of their boats at the club’s facilities.

Since then, the crane has worked at full capacity, beaching between 150 and 300 ships a year. The only recorded incident with it occurred in the early 1990s, when one of its wheels came off the rail and left the machine dangling out to sea, though not falling into the water.

Various repairs, a change of engine and its adaptation to the occupational risk regulations allowed to extend the life of a machine that provided a great service to the club. This Wednesday, November 4, before starting the dismantling work, the crane beached its last boat, the Rustrillas del Monte Real Club de Yates.