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The transporter bridge, Rochefort

The transporter bridge, Rochefort
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Copyright: joel berthonneau (jlbrthnn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7303 W: 0 N: 22961] (76039)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-24
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bridges, locks, dams, Charente valley [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-11 2:42
Viewed: 3954
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
July 24, 2007
Rochefort 170299 17300
Charente-Maritime Poitou-Charentes
45.933 -0.983 2 m

Transporter bridge of Martrou, on Charente river, to Rochefort-sur-Mer, the mid-west of the French Atlantic coast

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A transporter bridge allows the circulation of a bank the other of a water way in a nacelle suspended with a trolly crab under the platform. They were built where were to be able to sail of the masted ships great height. The French navy had set a standard of 50 m at the top of high waters.
Relatively light constructions, they were quickly completed at moderate costs. the bridge of Martrou was brought into service on July 29, 1900 after 27 months of work. It made it possible the axis Nantes-Bordeaux to cross the 160 m of width of Charente. It was abandoned in 1967 for a bridge with Levante span, then by the viaduct of Charente in 1991.
It is the French engineer Ferdinand Arnodin (1845-1924) which is at the origin of the design of the work. He is also the originator of 9 of the 18 transporter bridges in the world.
Ferdinand ARNODIN was born in 1845 in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, department of Rhone, deceased in 1924 at the 79 years age. Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, Commander of Nichan-Iftikhar, knight of the Order of Isabelle the Catholic, Officer of the Legion of Honour and holder many other decorations.
Classified historic building in 1976, it was restored and given of use for a restricted traffic in 1994.
It was used as decoration with the inaugural scene of film of Jacques Demy, the Young ladies of Rochefort, "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort".


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Hi Joel,
This is a particular and interesting image, really surprising spectacle. POV is very effective, timing is superb. Note is great, Excellent premiére once more. Have a nice day

Joli cadrage avec les deux bouées et l'ombre sur l'eau mais surtout super sujet original! Je ne savais même pas que ce genre de pont existait. Tous ces cables et poteaux créent un joli graphisme qui m'aurait fait cadrer portrait mais il y a peut-être un élement que je ne vois bien sure pas, qui t'as poussé à faire autrement. En tout cas merci pour cette belle image et le commentaire qui a régalé ma curiosité.

Salut Joël,
nice and interesting capture and very familiar as I know such a one from northern Germany, Frank (Buin) made a nice capture of this.
Good explaining note and the most I like here is the shadow on the water. It is a good POV with a lot of depth in the capture.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf

There is also a Transporter Bridge at Middlesbrough, a town near where I live. It spends a lot of time closed because of high winds. A very interesting post. The cables make a graphic pattern against the cloudy sky.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14063 W: 0 N: 16135] (171592)
  • [2007-10-11 14:58]


superbe ce pont vbolant, c'est le pont à supermann, très intéressant et original, un belle note explicative complète cette superbe image.

Bravo et amitiés


Bonjour Joël,

La prise de vue permet de voir le fonctionnement de cette nacelle qui transporte les gens. L'image est claire et nette. Une bonne gestion de la lumière qui met en valeur les couleurs et donne une parcelle d'ombre sur l'eau. Bon dimanche.


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