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Happy birthday Forth Road Bridge

Happy birthday Forth Road Bridge
Today a flotilla of boats sailed along the Forth to commemorate the 50th birthday of the Forth Road Bridge, opened in September 1964. The flotilla gathered near Hound Point to the east of the Forth Bridge, and then sailed under the rail bridge and the road bridge, between the towers of the new bridge, and then up to Rosyth, where it wheeled gently round and returned to Queensferry. Some of the boats joined from Port Edgar and some from Dalgety Bay.

The large boat is the Lighthouse Board tender Pharos (complete with a red helicopter on the top fore deck). The dark blue canopied boat to the right of the picture is the little steam boat Talisker, belching out spectacular smoke from its coal-fired engine.

Also in the flotilla were several sea-rowing crews, doing an amazing job in choppy waters and quite breezy conditions, the Reaper from Anstruther (a restored herring drifter), and a killer whale. Yes really, a killer whale.



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Gerrit Fischer, Rosa Maria Riquelme, Xata, RQ 01012015 and 19 other people have particularly liked this photo


29 comments - The latest ones
Lorna Mchardy
Lorna Mchardy
Nobody tells me anything! Had I known, I'd have been there....
4 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld has replied to Lorna Mchardy
Yes, it would have been on your doorstep!
4 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld
Rabbitroundtheworld
The sea-rowers:

rowers
4 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld
Rabbitroundtheworld
The little boats under the road bridge, with the new bridge towers behind:

road bridge
4 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld
Rabbitroundtheworld
And the killer whale, in front of Rosyth naval dockyard:

killer whale
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Polyrus
Polyrus
Very colourful series, with the first being the most impressive.
Are we to assume that Rabbit is behind the camera?
4 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Well this really takes me back! I still have slides I took of this being built from initial excavations to completion. Where have the 50 years gone!!!!
4 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld has replied to Larry Drummond
Larry, there was a great programme on BBC1 Scotland about the building of the bridge last Monday evening. Hopefully it's still on iplayer if you didn't see it - it's called The Bridge. I know one of the engineers who was interviewed in it. There's lots of original film footage taken during the construction which is quite hair-raising.
4 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Also admired in New Flickr Survivors group!
4 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Brilliant series and its one of my favorite 'Two bridges' sights.

Wonderful series.... I too remember it being built.
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Alan H
Alan H
Excellent series of photos. I like the first one, it looks so busy. I can imagine Rabbit in his little boat sailing amongst them.
4 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld has replied to Alan H
Alan, that would have been a sight indeed!
4 years ago.
Puchinpappy
Puchinpappy
I love the activity in this shot.
4 years ago.
Graham Stephen
Graham Stephen
Great stuff! My dad used to work for the NLB, so nice to see the Pharos there.
4 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld has replied to Graham Stephen
Oh, that's nice to hear, Graham. Did you get to visit lighthouses with him?
4 years ago.
Graham Stephen has replied to Rabbitroundtheworld
The NLB used to rent out some of its properties (ex keepers' houses after lights were automated) as holiday accommodation to its employees - I believe these are now managed by the Scottish National Trust and are also available to the general public. Anyway, back in those days (many years ago, now!) we spent a few family holidays at the lighthouses at Covesea and Stoer Head.
4 years ago.
Jean
Jean
What a great sight and a lovely series. Nice that you got a shot of the killer whale too. The main photo looks terrific large. Such a lot of detail.
4 years ago.
michael / nureinmoment /
michael / nureinmome…
where are you?? :-O
4 years ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
excellent reportage, the first one is a gorgeous dynamic scene, congrats !
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4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful scene.
4 years ago.
yokopakumayoko Francesco
yokopakumayoko Franc…
Excellent shot!

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4 years ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
I love this photo..........so much to look at, so much going on! There are some really interesting looking little ships there, especially the larger black one in the centre of the shot which looks to be an old sailing ship! The bridge, as always looks magnificent. Did you take this from shore with a long lens or from a boat?

I'd recommend viewing this large, on black.........it's superb!

The secondary shots complete the story very nicely..........especially the killer whale, which must have provided quite an incentive for NOT falling overboard. I understand they're quite partial to rabbits when seals are not available!!
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Matthew Lynes
Matthew Lynes
very nice shot.
4 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Meant to tell you that I searched iPlayer. I found the programme but when I clicked to go into it I got the message that it is not currently available. I've just tried again but with the same result.
4 years ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
splendida!
4 years ago.
Rhisiart Hincks
Rhisiart Hincks
a fun flotilla
4 years ago.
Tractacus
Tractacus
What an amazing sight! Not to mention the added bonus of the Orca. Full marks for for the top notch pictures!
4 years ago.
iSa13
iSa13
Seen from my mountains, these pictures look very exotic to me, very beautiful. Wish I would had been there,
4 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld has replied to iSa13
that's interesting, iSa13 - to me this is an urban/rural landscape I see every day, whereas your scenery is fantastic - it is always a revelation to see our familiar world through other people's eyes.
4 years ago.