image courtesy of Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society, used with permissionThe Port of Melbourne Corporation has applied to Heritage Victoria for a permit to place the former Stothert & Pitt cranes on the finger pier at Station Pier. All the documents relevant to the permit application are available on the Heritage Victoria website. According to the submission 'On 6 March 1996, Heritage Victoria issued Permit No 2662 for works to the deck at Station Pier and as part of those works permitted the removal of the two Stothert & Pitt Cranes which were located at the southern end of the pier. Condition 2 of the permit required that the PoMC seek funding for the repair, restoration and reinstatment of the cranes on the pier ...' There is an interesting photo of the cranes, installed around 1950, on p7 of the submission. Since the cranes cannot be put back in their original location, the alternative location on the finger pier is proposed. The documents are available for inspection at Heritage Victoria at 55 Collins St.
The Public Records Office blog shows an interesting picture of one of the cranes under construction - interesting since they are about to be reconstructed. Click here to have a look.