Video: Landmark Goliath crane ships out for new home in Romania

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Leo Comeau worked in the Fore River Shipyard before the Goliath crane came, and at noon Saturday, he stood on the U.S.S. Salem and watched it leave.

“This is a part of history going down the tubes,” said Comeau, who worked in the yard as a ship fitter from 1957 to 1961. “Ship building is a dying art in this country.”

The Goliath crane, a 328-foot-tall fixture in Quincy’s skyline since 1975, embarked on a month-long journey to a South Korean-owned Black Sea shipyard in Mangalia, Romania.

The crane was renamed last Friday after Bobby Harvey, the Weymouth ironworker killed in an accident during the crane’s dismantling last August. 

Though she was born after the Fore River Shipyard closed in 1986, Keryn Foley, 21, said she was sad to see the crane leave.

“It’s just such a part of Quincy history,” said Foley, who volunteers on the U.S.S. Salem.

The crane was a reminder of Quincy’s shipbuilding past some residents were not aware of, she said.

“It’s kind of sad, not a lot of people in Quincy know what it is,” Foley said. “To the people who do know it, it means a lot and the fact that we got to see it leave means even more.

The Patriot Ledger