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Somerset Bridge, Bermuda

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Somerset Bridge is a small bridge in Bermuda. Connecting Somerset Island with the mainland in the western parish of Sandys, Somerset Bridge is reputedly the smallest working drawbridge in the world.The original bridge was built in 1620, and much of its structure remains, although the bridge was largely rebuilt in the mid 20th century. The original bridge was cranked open by hand, whereas the current bridge consists of two cantilevered half-spans, separated by an 18-inch (46 cm) gap bridged by a thick timber panel. The entire width of the drawbridge measures 32 inches. The panel is removed whenever a yacht wishes to pass beneath the bridge, allowing the unstayed mast to pass through the gap. A captain must wait for a passer-by to assist in opening the drawbridge.On a series of Bermudian dollar banknotes issued from 2009, the bridge is featured on the reverse of the pink five dollar note, along with Horseshoe Bay and opposite an Atlantic blue marlin.Nearby buildings often take their name from the bridge, such as a post office a park and, until October 2008, a sports club.
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  • It took me second to image how you could ever use a draw bridge so small. This was built for sail boats. Pretty neat when you think about it. Our Taxi Driver Rodwell "Nine Eggs" Wade (441) 734-9982 to...  more »
  • For three summers in a row we have crossed over this bridge on our way from the Dockyards cruise docks on our way to Elbow Beach. It is located on Sumerset Island in Sandy's Parish. You are across it ...  more »
  • Supposedly the smallest drawbridge in the world, Somerset Bridge opens only 18" to let sailboat masts through. All I did at Somerset Bridge was cross it, but I think it's nice that they have preserved...  more »
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  • Just looked through our Bermuda pictures and had to finally write about our morning ride with Harry in August. My husband and I were the only ones in the early morning 8:15 tour. Loved speeding along the warm ocean water, cutting across my husband's wake getting some air. Harry was very informative and we appreciated the photo swimming with the fish! Incredible tour! Would definitely recommend to others and another time I would book 2 visits while in port.
  • This was by far our favorite part of our trip to Bermuda - I can't say enough nice things about the staff here - we had reservations for a boat at another marina, but the marina gave our boat away. We tried Somerset Bridge and they were incredibly friendly and accommodating. They were out of smaller boats so they let us take a larger boat out at the same price. Their tips and boat explanations were great and we were so impressed with the entire operation. Thank you for making our trip so memorable!
  • Convenient location and great equipment! Great way to see the area from a different perspective.
  • Fantastic service and tuns of fun. Jordan and Denzel were great. . We cruised the sound and swam. Can't ask for a better experience in Bermuda
  • Me and my son went on the jet ski tour two years ago and had such an amazing time ! Til this day we still can't stop talking about it and are hoping to return next month ! I highly recommend it , it was the best time we had in Bermuda !