Sunday, October 23, 2011

Les Ponts de Perth III .....

The Canning Bridge (Canning Bridge) is possibly the most complicated bridge I've researched so far.. I'll try to give it to you in a nutshell, but the link is there if you really want more details. The bridge was built three times, firstly in 1849, after damage by floods in 1862 it was rebuild by convicts in 1867 but due to poor maintenance it deteriorated and a new and sturdier structure was built in 1908. Here's where the bridge starts getting a bit more interesting as far as I'm concerned.. a new timber, pile-driven bridge was completed in 1939 but as the outbreak of Word War II had begun the old third bridge wasn't immediately demolished incase the new bridge was destroyed by enemy attack. The Bridge has been added to and changed over the years since, but as you can see from the magnificent  Jarrah, Karri and Wandoo timber pylons that still have the original numbers emblazoned on them, that parts of the 1939 bridge still remain in place, thank goodness.....!! Hope your Sunday is a lot less complicated.....

25 comments:

  1. I love your ponts Grace - all with there own history and structure - they're great photo subjects - unfortunately we are sadly lacking in les ponts here.
    Hoping you have a wonderful week-end. xx

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  2. My goodness Grace - where were you standing to take that 2nd pic!? You must have been in a boat?

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  3. I liked the second photo that shows the structures of the bridge. A great shot.

    Greetings from Roberto, Brazil

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  4. Perth,
    I once had my tripod and camera under a bridge when the tide is coming in, it was scary.
    ... and in a way, you were right, felt young and energetic in the morning, and older and then ancient in the evening ... signs of me getting older. I can sense my energy level deteriorate towards the evening in my classroom.

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  5. Thanks for the bridge education. Your first two shots are wonderful. Nice and close.

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  6. Great shots and interesting history.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

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  7. Interesting history. Wonderful shots too.

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  8. It is a great looking bridge with a wonderful story Grace. Thanks.

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  9. Sge us a tough old bridge. I like bridges, many of them have a story.

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  10. Wow, who knew a bridge could have such a history! Very interesting!

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  11. I love the perspective of the pilings in the second photo.

    By the way, I also love the reflected colors in your masthead photo.

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  12. Interesting post, Grace. I love the 2nd photo.

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  13. I was going to make a flippant comment about Perth being bombed in WWII, but was it ever under threat?

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  14. Great bridge. It's a perfect post for the Sunday Bridges meme too.

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  15. Chaque pont attire l'oeil. Ils ont tous leur personnalité.

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  16. That's quite a substantial bridge! Lots of wood poles in its construction!
    I love the beautiful roses from a few days ago, Grace!

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  17. I'm pretty sure everyone's sundays is less complicated than that bridge! But boy, what a great history of it! That shot from underneath the bridge is fantastic :D

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  18. Oh I love that second shot. This is very interesting indeed!

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  19. I like this bridge and all these shots...

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  20. Fascinating bridge with a fascinating history. It could easily serve as a backdrop for a WWII novel, rife with Nazi spies and such! :-)

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  21. Pictures under a bridge are often better than those of the bridge!

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  22. «Louis» has linked both of your bridge posts to his <a href="http://bayphoto.blogspot.com/2011/10/serie-du-pont-de-dimanche-lxxxiv.html'>Sunday Bridges</a>. He has also added your blog to his blogroll in the right sidebar of his blog.

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  23. You photographed the bridge so very well; I enjoyed seeing the pylons so close-up.

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