The Black Bridge at Plassey

The Black Bridge at Plassey

Postby bjg » Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:52 pm

The Black Bridge at Plassey has been closed since the floods of November 2009. Its reopening seems to have a low priority; I suspect that is because the importance of the bridge in Ireland's technological, economic, entrepreneurial and political history is not widely appreciated. Here is a page explaining some of the background and suggesting a context within which reopening might be justifiable.

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Re: The Black Bridge at Plassey

Postby CologneMike » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:59 am


Bjg, that was a great read.

I now see where you are coming from and I agree, the Limerick Navigation should be branded as an industrial heritage walking route.

Your article must appear in the next edition of the Limerick Journal.

The part before the bridge was built captured my interest the most, where the 1840 map reveals a ferry crossing with six marked buoys.

It was a simple practical idea for the ferry to cross the river relying only on the help of the current.

I thought I would post a sketch on its workings and an example of a reaction ferry from Rathen on the river Elbe, Germany.
Sketch of Reaction Ferry.png
Rathen Ferry River Elbe.jpg
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Re: The Black Bridge at Plassey

Postby vitruvius » Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:29 am

What an excellent article. I can't praise it highly enough.
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