These iconic structures - part of the city skyline that we all know and love - will soon be no more.
The yard owners, BAE, may be right that the old cranes are no longer fit for purpose and that new, mobile versions are much better suited to modern shipbuilding. But that doesn't change the fact that these old cranes are part of Glasgow's industrial heritage and it just doesn't seem right that they will no longer be there.
Even at this late stage, I hope that there will be a rethink.
But for all the understandable sentiment attached to the cranes, the news of their removal has stirred more fundamental concerns about the future of the shipyard.
In truth, this concern has been bubbling under the surface for some time.
There hasn't been such anxiety on the part of those who work in the yard since the days, back in the late 1990s, when Kvaerner - who then owned the yard - pulled out of shipbuilding and, eventually, sold it on.
As a young MSP in those days, I supported the campaign to save the yard and it has had a special place in my heart ever since.
What I remember most was the strong sense on the part of everyone involved - and on the part of people in Govan and across Scotland - that closure of the shipyard was unthinkable.
In my view, it is as unthinkable today as it was then. Boundary changes mean that the yard is no longer physically located in my constituency - but it's importance to people I represent can't be overstated.
The concern today stems from continuing uncertainty about where the new Type 26 ships for the MoD will be built. An announcement was expected months ago but hasn't yet materialised.
There is nothing, as far as I am aware, to suggest the Clyde isn't well placed to win this work. The problem is that, even with it, the size of the workforce could be reduced.
That is leading to fears that BAE will not keep both Govan and Scotstoun, its sister yard open. The bottom line is this: I simply don't accept that, in a maritime nation like Scotland, we shouldn't, or we can't, support both of these shipyards.
Other countries similar in size to Scotland, like Norway, have shipbuilding industries much bigger than ours. If Scotland becomes independent, it will be for Scottish governments, working with industry, to support our shipyards - through our own naval procurement, support for exports and where appropriate, diversification away from military contracts - and speaking for the government I am part of, we would certainly do so. But right now, responsibility lies with the UK government.
They - and BAE - have a duty to give clarity to the yards' workforces. I hope that, sooner rather than later, we hear a positive statement securing the future of both yards.
The alternative is unthinkable.