September 5, 2015 Coleman Bridge, Highway, History, Sailing, York River

Engineering Marvels while Sailing

Allastair Jackson of England spent 50 years working on bridges and rigs all over the world. When he took his wife and son sailing on the York River in Virginia, he was intrigued to learn that the Coleman Bridge was rebuilt in a shipyard nearly 20 years ago and delivered on barges. It was supposed to take ten days to install, but the engineers did it in five.

“I spent three years in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where the fog rolls in because the temperatures change so rapidly. We installed oil rigs that were able to endure 90-foot waves. I never saw them that high, of course.

“I also helped with a bridge in South Korea over a river that had 10 knot current due to massive tides of 20 feet or more. It was a trick to get everything set in that water.”

Today he and his wife live in Yorkshire, which has its own set of bridges along the Ouse River.

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