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The Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash, Cornwall. After 1859

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A view from the St Budeaux side of the Tamar river of the Royal Albert Bridge and Saltash. Queen Victoria's consort Prince Albert opened the single broad gauge track bridge over the River Tamar, thus linking Cornwall with the Great Western system, on the 2nd May 1859. Two 450ft arched tubular spans met in mid river on four cast iron columns secured to a central underwater pier. Spans were high enough to give the Royal Navy's tall ships clear heading. The Saltash Ferry or floating bridge can be seen at the Saltash slip under the Royal Albert Bridge. The ferry service closed on 23rd October 1961 after over 700 years of service. A sailing vessel makes way down river towards Plymouth Sound and the sea. The stern of the Industrial Training Ship, Mount Edgecumbe can be seen under the bridge piers

Copyright © From the collection of the RIC

Media ID 12387161

Date: 8th August 2016

County: Cornwall

Location Name: 50.40921

: TRURI : RYrab.15

Image Size: 8149 x 6300 Pixels

Filesize is 12.19MB

Associated Categories: Railways

Associated Categories: Saltash

Keywords: cornish, ik brunel, victorian