May 2009

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Image(s) of the Month Feature - May 2009

PD-19-126.jpg AD-6-8.jpg

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SWiB Reference, PD/19/126 Excursion steamer, Royal Albert Bridge, (Saltash end), 1900s - AD/6/8 Sir Francis Chichester, 1967 & PD/22 Transatlantic Yacht Race, Artemis 2008 (taken by Gordon Sparks)

This months images has been chosen by Stacey Dyer, Manager/Archivist.

"We try to be topical here at SWiB, as such I have chosen images which commemorate two forthcoming events in the busy summer social calender of the city, the first marking the 150th anniversary of the Royal Albert Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened by Prince Albert on May 2 1859.

Surveying started in 1848 and construction commenced in 1854. The first main span was positioned in 1857. Following the official opening in May 1859, Brunel died later that year and his name was then placed above the portals at either end of the bridge as a memorial. Work was carried out during the twentieth century to replace the approach spans and strengthen the main spans. It has attracted sightseers since its construction and has has appeared in many paintings, photographs and guidebooks. Centenary celebrations took place in 1959 and further events are scheduled for 2009.

The next two images have been chosen to mark the return of the annual Transatlantic Yacht Races this month (25th May) hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club. Sir Francis Chichester won the Original Single Handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR) in 1960. The event itself was founded by Blondie Hasler and to date some of the world's greatest sailors have taken part in the races including Pete Goss and Mike Golding."

Visit here to discover more about the 2009 OSTAR.


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