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Detail of the wooden hatches on top of the Fife erection. Digital image of B 3408.

SC 728341

Description Detail of the wooden hatches on top of the Fife erection. Digital image of B 3408.

Date 31/8/1988

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number SC 728341

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of B 3408

Scope and Content Wooden inspection hatches on top of Fife cantilever, 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 shows the top of one of the 110m-high double cantilevers. Walkways between the girders lead up to this level for maintenance and painting. The four circular wooden hatches seen here allow workers to access the inside of the main tubular members which form the bridge. 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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