Wrought iron tubular trussed bridge over the river Wye at Chepstow, c1885. This bridge
Wrought iron tubular trussed bridge over the river Wye at Chepstow, c1885. This bridge, constructed 1849-1852, was an innovative design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) and the use of wrought iron tubular girders is considered to be a dummy run for his last great masterpiece, the Royal Albert bridge over the Tamar at Saltash. The Chepstow bridge carried the South Wales Railway over the Wye. Brunel was engineer to the railway. From The Popular Educator. (London, c1885).
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Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash, Cornwall. Around 1900
A view from the St Budeaux side of the Tamar river of the Royal Albert Bridge and Saltash with a steam train heading towards Plymouth. 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. Isambard Kingdom Brunel's bridge consists of two 450ft arched tubular spans which meet in mid river on four cast iron columns secured to a central underwater pier. The spans were high enough to give the Royal Navy's tall ships clear heading.
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Training Ship, Mount Edgcumbe Band, Saltash, Cornwall
The Mount Edgcumbe Industrial Training Ship for Homeless and Destitute Boys was established at Saltash in Cornwall in 1877. Boys aged 12-15, placed there by magistrates, were trained in seamanship, with many going on to join the naval services. Members of the ship's band, shown here, often graduated to become military bandsmen.
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