Blicke in die Welt um 1900 – 11
»We see stretching away in the distance overhead what M. Eiffel – himself perhaps the most eminent engineer of modern times – pronounced „the greatest construction of the world“. It has since been surpassed by the bridge across the St. Lawrence River, near Quebec. We are standing on the brink of the Firth of Forth, ten miles west of Edinburgh, looking across that great arm of the North Sea which almost cuts Scotland in two.
This huge bridge connects North and South Queensferry, on the line of the North British Railway, leading from Edinburgh up to Dundee and Aberdeen. It is built on the cantilever and central girder system, the principle of which is that of stable equilibrium, its own weight keeping it more firmly in position. It was formally opened by King Edward VII (then Prince of Wales) on March 4th, 1890. It has two main spans of 1.710 feet (more than 100 feet longer that of Brooklyn Bridge), two of 680 feet and fifteen of 168 feet, and, with the approaching viaducts, measures 2.765 yards. The main spans are formed of a cantilever at each end 680 feet long, united by a girder 250 feet long. The steel towers from which the cantilevers spring are 360 feet high (nearly the height of the dome of St. Paul’s, London), and supported on granite piers, the middle on resting on the islet of Inchgarvie. The clear headway at high water is 151 feet; the deepest foundations are 88 feet below high water; the total weight of steel in the bridge is 51.000 tons. It cost nearly $15.000.000. The greatest number of men employed at one time in its construction was 5.000.
The „braw, bonnie laddies“ in kilts wear the uniform of one of the British Highland regiments.«
Ein stereoskopischer Ein-Blick in die Welt um 1900 … (wird fortgesetzt)
(alle Bildunterschriften und Texte sind den Vorder- bzw. Rückseiten der Stereokarten entnommen)
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