This is one of my favourite structures on the planet. I love the elegance of the engineering of it and the difficulty that they must have building it without modern lifting machinery in a fairly inhospitable stretch of water. I could have spent a long time at South Queensferry taking photies and still come back the day after for more.
Apparently, and of course, it was voted Scotland's greatest man-made structure in 2016 and is world heritage site. For those who don't know, it spans the Firth of Forth, between the north of Edinburgh and the Kingdom of Fife. Despite being a symbol of Scotland it was designed by two Englishmen. They only got the gig at the last minute. Prior to that a design by Bouche was to be used. He designed the bridge over the Tay but that famously collapsed and he was roundly blamed for it and therefore nobody trusted his design for this bridge. So, this is what we got.
Work began on it in 1882 and it was officially opened in 1890 by the future Eddie 8 and is a touch under 2.5 KMs long. At its peak, 4700 workers were employed in its construction and 57 of them lost their lives (or possibly 75.... seems a fairly big discrepancy to me, to be unsure of.) building the bridge. Of these 3 were from a fire in a bothy where they were lodged. Most were from falling or drowning.
It was also the site of the first air raid over Britain in the Second World War. Although it was Rosyth Navel base that was the target, although, bizarrely, the luftwaffe, at the time, were not allowed to attack the dockyard. They could only attack ships in the Firth and so could not go after their primary target: HMS Hood as it was in dock.
'Painting the Forth Bridge' as a colloquial expression for a never ending job is, in fact, incorrect. Areas prone to weathering have always received more attention than others and, although their is a permanent maintenance team it was never the case that it was painted and then, when that coat was done, work started on repainting the whole thing.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.