The Britannia Tubular Bridge under construction, 3 December 1849.

Hawkins, G

The Britannia Tubular Bridge under construction, 3 December 1849.
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Description

Coloured lithograph by and after G Hawkins, showing the floating of the second tube. The Britannia Tubular Bridge, designed by Robert Stephenson (1803-1859), spans the Menai Straits, connecting Anglesey to Wales. The scene illustrated here is the floating of the second tube. This was then lifted into place using hydraulic presses, a process which took 17 days. The height of the bridge above the water at high tide is 103 feet. Printed by Day and Son and published July 1850.

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