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View from below of the piers supporting the South approach viaduct (seen from the rescue boat). Digital image of B 3419.

SC 728338

Description View from below of the piers supporting the South approach viaduct (seen from the rescue boat). Digital image of B 3419.

Date 9/9/1988

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number SC 728338

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of B 3419

Scope and Content Piers supporting the south approach viaduct, Forth Bridge, Edinburgh and Fife The Forth Bridge was built between 1883 and 1890 to designs by engineers Sir John Fowler (1817-98) and Sir Benjamin Baker (1840-1907) with Sir William Arrol (1839-1913) and Joseph Phillips as contractors. This massive steel railway viaduct features three double cantilevers connected by girders with a total span of 2.5 km. This view of the Aberdeen granite piers which support the rails as they approach the bridge was taken from a rescue boat patrolling the waters below. The viaducts were gradually jacked up until the viaduct reached the correct height, with ten spans to the south and five to the north. This structure contains 6.5 million rivets, 54,864 tonnes of steel and took a workforce of over 400 men seven years to complete. During construction, 57 men lost their lives, and many hundreds were injured due to the hazards of working at great heights, or below water level during the digging of foundations. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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