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Dundee and the two Tay bridges

Photographs From Dundee Law.

Dundee panorama - Two bridges

Dundee Law is a vantage point that affords spectacular views of the river Tay as it flows into the North Sea.  On the right of the image below is the rail bridge and on the left is the road bridge. This view looks south across Fife and East to the Sea and West to Perth. Dundee Law commemorates men from this city who fell in the Great War. It is comforting that they are remembered.

Tay Rail Bridge

The Tay Rail Bridge carries the main-line railway across the Firth of Tay in Scotland, between the city of Dundee and the suburb of Wormit in Fife. Its span is 2.75 miles (3.5 kilometres).  The present structure is the second one on its site.  From about 1854, there had been plans for a Tay crossing, to replace an early train-ferry. The first bridge, opened in 1878, was a single-track lattice design, notable for lightness and low cost. Its sudden collapse in a high wind on 28 December 1879 was one of the great engineering disasters of history, and its causes are still debated today.  The second bridge was a double-track construction of iron and steel, opened in 1887 and still in service. In 2003, a strengthening and refurbishing project was recognised by a major award for the scale and difficulty of the work.

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Tay Road Bridge

The Tay Road Bridge carries the A92 road across the Firth of Tay from Newport-on-Tay in Fife to Dundee in Scotland, just downstream of the Tay Rail Bridge. At around 2,250 metres (1.4 mi), it is one of the longest road bridges in Europe, and was opened in 1966, replacing the old Tay ferry.

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War memorial

At the end of the Great War, Dundee decided to honour the sacrifice of over 4,000 citizens by building the memorial on the Law. The unveiling ceremony took place on the 16th May in 1925 and the simple inscription states: TO THE MEMORY OF DUNDEE MEN WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918.  There is a beacon at the top of the Law memorial and this is lit on important dates to remember, such as the 25th September, to commemorate the Battle of Loos, and 11th November, Armistice Day.

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Oil field logistics

Dundee is a port that supports the North Sea Oil industry and the photograph below shows vessels used offshore to harvest oil from beneath the ocean bed. 

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Technical information

These images were captured using the Lumix G9, new flagship model from Panasonic. 

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