Bridges on the Stratford canal

Sometimes, the canal’s builders didn’t have room for a proper brick arch. Or perhaps the vehicles using it couldn’t handle the steep gradient of a hump backed bridge. So they built drawbridges!

Here’s two from today. Clever use of hydraulics and levers minimises the effort, but designed in two different ways. Credit to Sean for the hard work!

Bridge one

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Bridge two

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Posted in Boat Handling, Cruising log, History and traditions, Routes

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