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London Canal Museum
12-13 New Wharf Road King's Cross
London N1 9RT
United Kingdom

T: 020 7713 0836 
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Crab Winch

This crab winch was a hand-operated lifting device, used as a platform hoist on an inclined runway from a street to basement. Winches were designed to increase or decrease the tension of rope, making the lifting of heavy objects easier.
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The earliest type of winch was referenced in Herodotus' account of the Persian Wars. By the time of Aristotle in the fourth century, winches were already common practice in architecture.
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This crab winch is a hand-operated lifting device, used for hoisting heavy objects between the floors of a building or up a slope.
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Ground Floor, London Canal Museum
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