Somerset Bridge, World's Smallest Drawbridge, 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's so small, we wouldn't have noticed it if our guide hadn't pointed it out. He told us it doesn't open very often. It was a cute novelty to see it anyway.  more »
  • Yes, this is the worlds smallest drawbridge. We were told it only opens 18", enough to allow a sailboat's mast to pass through. If you blink you could miss it passing by, but most tours will take you ...  more »
  • In the last four years I have been over this bridge perhaps a dozen times on vans and have never been able to take a picture as you are over it before you know it. Safety there is also a concern becau...  more »
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  • Smallest drawbridge on the island, probably best to access via jet ski or boat unless you are staying nearby not really worth the walk
  • It is best at Christmas time with decorations
  • Cute spot, slightly overrated as a tourist attraction but still a nice thing to see if you're in the area or have some time to kill in bermuda
  • Fun, picturesque, in season is surrounded with blooming flowers. Quaint place for a world's record!
  • It sure lived up to its reputation.

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