Photograph of proposed bridge over Dornoch Firth, 1830

Photograph of proposed bridge over Dornoch Firth, 1830

Year: 1830 | Included in Albums: Bridges

Photo Description

Black and white photograph of a bridge supported on laminated ribs, consisting of planks 3 inches in thickness. Designed in 1830 for the Dornoch Firth by Robert Stevenson, civil engineer, Edinburgh. This construction is now largely adopted for railways and other bridges. Presented by Messrs D & T Stevenson. On the mount - What might have been!

This laminated girder bridge was designed to span the Dornoch Firth but was never built, since the respective county councils and Andrew Carnegie, who was to finance it, could not agree. The model is kept in the Royal Scottish Museum, the design was said to be far ahead of its time. The designer was Robert Stevenson of Edinburgh, of Bell Rock Lighthouse fame!

Cat No. 0713.001
Year 1830
Albums Bridges
Date added August 13th, 2021
Added by Tain & District Museum
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    David Clark

    I do not understand why Carnegie had anything to do with Stevenson's 1830 design - he seems to have taken a detailed interest in local matters only after retiring to Skibo in 1900. And he was never 'sir' Andrew.

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