So, Uncle Marmot, did you get to see the Forth Bridge while you were in Scotland?

Why, yes I did—see the photos at my Tumblr site here and here.

See also the photos of this kind fellow who was shooting that morning, too.

The bridge is an inspiring sight—an engineering wonder and an architectural work of art wrapped up in one very big, very orange package. What I didn’t know until I posted the photos last night was that one of the engineers who worked on the bridge was Kaichi Watanabe, one of the first Japanese to study engineering in the UK. There’s quite a famous image of him demonstrating the cantilever principle with the two chief engineers, which you can see at the linked Wiki page.

  • jeep44

    I had just had some of my father’s WW2 photographs digitalized last week, and one of them was him standing in front of this rather odd-looking bridge. He always spoke fondly of Edinburgh,and not knowing anything about this bridge, I had guessed it was in Scotland.