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Symbolic in Steel

By JohnT1974
The Middlesbrough Transporter bridge. Following a 1907 Act of Parliament the Bridge was built at a cost of 68,026 6s 8d (equivalent to 7,070,000 in 2018 values),by Sir William Arrol & Co. of Glasgow between 1910 and 1911 to replace the 'Hugh Bell' and 'Erimus' steam ferry services. A transporter bridge was chosen because Parliament ruled that the new scheme of crossing the river had to avoid affecting the river navigation. The foundation stones, made of Aberdeen granite, were laid by Mayor of Middlesbrough Thomas Gibson-Poole and Alderman Joseph McLauchlan, the initiator of the transporter bridge scheme.The bridge was opened in 1911 by Prince Arthur of Connaught.
During World War II the superstructure of the bridge was hit by a bomb. In 1953, the gondola got stuck half-way. While it was stuck, gale force winds lashed water to within inches of it. However, despite this the gondola and the Transporter Bridge are still running in perfect order today.
Its historical importance was also recognised in 1985 by its listing as a Grade II* Listed Building and its prominence as a local landmark was further enhanced in 1993 by the installation of flood lights that operate during the winter months.
It has featured in films and TV programmes including Boys from the Blackstuff, Billy Elliot, The Fast Show, Spender and Steel River Blues. In the millennium celebrations of 2000, fireworks were fired from its length. The storyline of the third series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, saw the bridge dismantled to be sold to and re-erected in the USA. The local council received calls from people worried that the bridge was really being pulled down,[4] with the BBC adding a disclaimer on the end of the final episode of the series stating that 'The Transporter Bridge is still in Middlesbrough.

Tags: River Industrial Bridge Steel Architecture Teesside

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16 Feb 2019 7:48PM
Beautifully taken John and interesting write up. Pam
JohnT1974 10 1 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2019 8:29PM
many thanks Pam
leo_nid 5 12
16 Feb 2019 9:13PM
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Lovely sunset and great write up
Rae
tonyheps 19 6 1
17 Feb 2019 2:18PM
Great subject, lovely light

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