My husband was desperate to take a video of the ship sailing under all three bridges that straddle the River forth. I was less inclined to go down to the deck below at 5.40 a.m. to get a better view but was happy to throw on a fleece and take some shots from our tiny balcony.
|Directly under the Forth Railway Bridge|
It was quite magical to be out in the pre-dawn, just as the first tinges of purplish red were lighting the sky. I slipped out onto the balcony at just the right time since The Black Watch was almost under the Victorian Forth Railway Bridge.
It only took minutes to sail under that then on to the Forth Bridge and then under the brand new Queensferry Crossing. Stunning since it was also the beginning of a day that promised to have some sunshine, something lacking from our days at sea and at our destination ports.
|Looking back to both the Forth Bridge and the Forth Railway Bridge- courtesy Alan Jardine|
The above photo is so much better than mine!
The bridge was built to improve congestion into and around the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh but also because the existing Forth Road Bridge (opened 1964) has been dogged with structural issue caused by a much heavier volume of traffic during it’s approx. 50 year lifetime, the use being much greater than was anticipated back in the early 1960s when it was conceived.
|Queensferry Crossing taken from my balcony on The Black Watch |
(structure to left is The Black Watch tender for ship to shore transfers)
|Looking back to view all 3 crossing over the River Forth- courtesy of Alan Jardine|
All kudos goes to The Scottish Government and the Scottish National Party administration for their historic achievement!