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continued from page 22             accurate restoration and ensuring the
         we received for the fundraising cam-  crane’s preservation as a cultural land-
         paign:  more  than  300 in  all,  ranging   mark for years to come.
         from five dollars to tens of thousands   To decide on the specific components
         of dollars.”                       to use in the restoration, NAM turned
           This  broad-based support enabled   to their longstanding partners and con-
         them to take the first step toward res-  sulting experts at I&I Sling. An innova-
         toration in 2016: A crew with Ace En-  tive manufacturer of custom fabricated
         vironmental cleared 350 pounds of bird   slings, hardware, hoists, and more, I&I
         droppings that had accumulated over   Sling services the crane and heavy lift
         25 years.  Next,  they enlisted North   industry up and down the east coast.
         American Millwright (NAM), Eastern   I&I Sling’s rigging experts listened
         Crane,  Manolis  Painting,  and other   to  NAM’s goals and challenges and
         present-day leaders of industry  to re-  helped them select the best hardware
         dress the structural integrity of the   for  the  job, from the straps used to
         crane, starting by detaching the boom,   move the boom to the spelter socket
         erecting scaffolding, and blasting away   assembly. Crews then replaced all of
         lead paint and decades of rust.    the crane’s existing structural hard-
                                            ware with newly fabricated galvanized
         PRESERVING THE WHIRLEY CRANE’S     parts,  including  running  weather-re-
         HISTORIC INTEGRITY                 sistant galvanized wire cables along
           The museum did not need the Whir-  the 80-foot boom.
         ley  crane  to  function,  they  needed a   To complete the restoration, Manolis
         symbol of  Baltimore’s industrial  past   Painting applied weather-resistant in-
         and future. NAM was given the unique   dustrial paint in a historically accurate
         challenge  of delivering a historically   tint. The modern take was inspired by

           (Photo by Rory Johnson, I&I Slingmax)

                                                                               (Photo by Eric Stocklin, courtesy BMI)
                                                                               the  crane’s  vintage green  and  chosen
                                                                               through an online community poll.
                                                                               A CELEBRATION OF BALTIMORE
                                                                               YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW
                                                                                 The large extending boom was reat-
                                                                               tached in September 2019, in time for
                                                                               the October 12 ribbon-cutting celebra-
                                                                               tion. City and state officials, campaign
                                                                               donors, and community members were
                                                                               in attendance, including  three former
                                                                               Bethlehem Steel workers, one of whom
                                                                               used to operate a Whirley crane.
                                                                                 Restoration of the Whirley  crane  is
                                                                               just the beginning of a long-term initia-
                                                                               tive to honor Sparrows Point’s 125 year
                                                                               history of steelmaking. The impressive
                                                                               behemoth  highlights  a  rapidly disap-
                                                                               pearing chapter of Baltimore’s indus-
                                                                               trial history, which BMI plans to revive
                                                                               and sustain. With support from Trade-
                                                                               point Atlantic, the museum is busy
                                                                               gathering artifacts, photos, and stories
                                                                               from community members and former
                                                                               Sparrows Point workers to be unveiled
                                                                               in their Decker Gallery in 2021.
                                                                                 Next  up?  Fundraising  is  currently
                                                                               underway to “Light the Crane” with a
                                                                               fully  programmable,  energy-efficient
                                                                               LED lighting system to celebrate sea-
                                                                               sonal events. n
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