Black and white photograph of a bridge supported on laminated ribs, consisting of planks 3 inches in thickness. Designed in 1830 for the Dornoch Firth by Robert Stevenson, civil engineer, Edinburgh. This construction is now largely adopted for railways and other bridges. Presented by Messrs D & T Stevenson. On the mount - What might have been!
This laminated girder bridge was designed to span the Dornoch Firth but was never built, since the respective county councils and Andrew Carnegie, who was to finance it, could not agree. The model is kept in the Royal Scottish Museum, the design was said to be far ahead of its time. The designer was Robert Stevenson of Edinburgh, of Bell Rock Lighthouse fame!
|August 13th, 2021
|Tain & District Museum