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Somerset Bridge, World's Smallest Drawbridge, Bermuda

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Somerset Bridge is a smallbridge 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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  • Fun little bridge, and for some additional enjoyment throw some bread into the water nearby to get some local fish to come to the scene.
  • Smallest drawbridge measuring 18 inches. Bring loaf of bread to feed the fishes. Throw a big chunk of bread to see fishes devour it like piranhas.
  • Just a typical bridge.
  • Somerset bridge, Bermuda: history from the year 1620, it is the world's smallest scissors bridge operation. The bridge is just enough room for small boats to go through, but is the national pride and appears on the 5 dollar.
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