The History of the Crane
(lifting Devices) on Alquennas
The Dwarves have been using cranes since they came to Alquennas from the crossroads.
The Dwarven ambassador Gimmen in a letter to his family describes what he calls an obelisk mover that the humans of the Gallison Estralla Empire are using to erect obelisks and grand statues for their temples and tombs. Gimmem comments that the humans apparently have an understanding of the relationships of the Frustoid, Tetrahedron, and Pyramid shapes with the mathematical Lore of building structures.
The Dwarven Traveler Borgan came across a human city that employed simple A-frames to help with construction. The Dwarf was impressed that the humans understood the principles of the A-frame.
Pope Pius the 4th begins the building of a holy cathedral at the city of Lords. Engineers are using a newly designed crane called the
Framework Crane that can lift up to 4 tons and a Multi-framed Windless Crane that can manage 10 tons
Pot city of Harbor view has used cranes to load and off load goods for over a century, however the first day of summer of 915 TK they have begun using floating Cranes to decrease the turn around time. A floating crane is similar to the traditional T crane that has been used except that it is attached to a Bergan Rail (River Barge). The floating crane or Bergan Crane can lift the same out as the land installed cranes of 10 tons.
The Alliance captures a Horde Gate Portal Ship that does not have a Gate portal installed upon it. Instead it has four 12 ton T cranes installed. The documents discovered on the ship divulge that the ship was intended to be a floating harbor to allow ships to be re-supplied and make minor repairs.
Current Day circa TK 1047:
There are currently four standard types of cranes used by the Alliance, The Horde, The Alquennas Trade Alliance and the Trista Confederacy are:
Most cranes that operate in or near harbor facilities can manage loads up to 10 tons and are usually of the Multi-framed Windless or a T Crane family at the large harbors or the River Cranes. Cranes received their name for their physical appearances being close to that of the bird of the same name.