Electromagnet crane, 19th century

Electromagnet crane, 19th century

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Caption: Electromagnet crane. Historical illustration of a crane using an electromagnet to raise and move a large metal arch during construction work. Electromagnets are capable of lifting loads of many tons. They use electricity to create a powerful magnetic field and magnetise and lift a metal object. This illustration shows a scene at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London, UK, in the late 19th to early 20th century. Electromagnets were developed by William Sturgeon and Joseph Henry in the 1820s. Artwork from 'Electricite' (1911) by Max de Nansouty, part of the 'Les merveilles de la science' series of 1867-1891 by Louis Figuier.

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