Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,480 pages of information and 245,913 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Category:Transporter Bridges

From Graces Guide

20 large transporter bridges were built worldwide.

Transporter Bridges - an Illustrated History by John Hannavy, published in 2020, provides an excellent account of the history, design and construction of transporter bridges.

See here and here for numerous illustrations (postcards) of transporter bridges.

Data

Height = clear height above water (tide level not specified unless otherwise stated).

Portugalete Span: 528 ft (161 m). Height: 148ft.
Rouen Span: 472 ft. (144 m). Height: 168 ft.
Bizerte/Brest Span: 360 ft. (110 m). Height: 149 ft.
Rochefort (Martrou) Span: 461 ft. (141 m). Height: 180 ft.
Nantes Span: 465 ft. (142 m). Height: 165 ft.
Widnes-Runcorn Span: 1000 ft. (305 m) (between centres of towers). Height: 82 ft.
Newport Span: 645 ft. (197 m). Height: 177 ft.
Marseille Span: 545 ft. (166 m). Height: 165 ft.
Duluth Span: 394 ft. (120 m). Height: 135 ft.

The above dimensions in feet are from 'Transporter Bridges' by John J. Webster[1]. Converted to nearest metre by dividing by 3.2808. The span dimensions have been checked against independent sources, and all found to be within 1 m. It is not always specified how the span is defined, but in view of the consistency it is assumed to be between the centres of the towers (if symmetrical) or the centres of the piers.

Data for later bridges, not fully verified:

Warrington No. 1 Span 78 m. Height: 50m
Osten-Hemmoor Span 262 ft (80 m). Height: 21 m
Kiel Span: 128 m. Height 49 m.
Tees Span 180 m. Height 48.7 m
Rendsburg High Bridge Span 140 m. Height: 42 m.
Sáenz Peña
Nicolás Avellaneda Span: 254 ft. (77 m) Height: 138 ft (4 3m.)
Urquiza
Alexandrino Span 168 m. Height 50 m.
Warrington No. 2 Span 61 m. Height 24 m.
Maarsserburg Span: 88 m. Height 25 m.

See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'Transporter Bridges' by John J. Webster: chapter in 'Engineering Wonders of the World' Vol 1, Ed. Archibald Williams, Thomas Nelson & Sons]