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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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  • This is the smallest drawbridge. Once a year, they raise it and lower it. That way they get to keep their claim to fame, but it really isn't in service. If you blinked, you would miss it as you rode o...  more »
  • We were on our second attempt to cruise to Bermuda: the first time was diverted because of Hurricane Cristobel. On that cruise, we won a copy of a painting of the bridge and we were anxious to visit t...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Fun, picturesque, in season is surrounded with blooming flowers. Quaint place for a world's record!
  • 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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