NT1380 : Anchor on the Town Pier, North Queensferry

taken 9 years ago, near to North Queensferry, Fife, Scotland

Anchor on the Town Pier, North Queensferry
Anchor on the Town Pier, North Queensferry
A plaque by the side explains 'This admiralty style anchor was discovered in the river Forth by Calypso Marine and once refurbished by Network Rail was donated to North Queensferry Heritage Trust. Originally from a sailing ship, it dates from around the time the rail bridge was under construction. The symbol of Hope and Safe arrival, the anchor is situated here as an age-old custom to welcome all who travel this way. Commissioned in August 2006 with assistance from Lauder College, Balfour Beatty, and Oliver and Robb, Architects'
The Forth Bridge :: NT1379

The 1˝ mile Forth Bridge was the world’s first major steel bridge. It was begun in 1883 and formally completed on 4 March 1890 when HRH Edward Prince of Wales tapped into place a ‘golden’ rivet.

It is often incorrectly called the Forth Rail Bridge or Forth Railway Bridge to distinguish it from the nearby Forth Road Bridge which was opened in 1964. The rail bridge connects Edinburgh with Fife, and acts as a major artery connecting the north-east and south-east of the country. The bridge is a category A listed building (LB9977 LinkExternal link Historic Environment Scotland).

Painting the Forth Bridge became a metaphor for a never-ending task, because a team of painters took three years to paint it all, by which time the first bits they had done needed to be re-done, so they started all over again. More advanced and longer-lasting paints now make this unnecessary.

Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film The 39 Steps includes a scene on the bridge and it is featured even more prominently in the 1959 remake of the same film, although there is no reference to the bridge in the original novel by John Buchan upon which the films are based.

LinkExternal link Forth Bridges Visitor Centre Trust
LinkExternal link Wikipedia entry

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Geographical Context: Coastal Village, Rural settlement Railways People, Events Docks, Harbours Estuary, Marine Place: North Queensferry Primary Subject: Anchor other tags: Forth Bridge Firth of Forth Anchor Welcome Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 1 February, 2015   (more nearby)
Monday, 2 February, 2015
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 1313 8035 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:0.4911N 3:23.6850W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 1312 8035
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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