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Spiritsail

This is the view from the top of Tower Bridge, 42 metres up and looking down as the bridge lifts to allow the Thames sailing barge Ardwina to pass through.
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This is the view from the top of Tower Bridge, 42 metres up and looking down as the bridge lifts to allow the Thames sailing barge Ardwina to pass through.

Tower Bridge opens once or twice each day for passing ships -- a hold-up for traffic along the bridge, but a decrease from the 6,194 times it opened in 1894 when the bridge was completed.

Wooden spiritsail barge Ardwina is a regular visitor beneath Tower Bridge. Built in 1909 by Orvis & Fuller in Ipswich and initially used to carry stone between Portland and Greenwich, she was dismasted and left to drift in a channel gale in 1938. After colliding with a Dutch coaster in 1955 she was bought, repaired and finally converted into a private yacht, going on to win several Thames Sailing Barge races.
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9 Comments | Report
Vowles
 
Vowles May 04, 2018
What a really stunning photo. Congratulations on capturing it and I only wish I had taken this!
marcbaechtold
 
marcbaechtold May 13, 2018
great composition with nice colors and good contrast, keep shooting!
Cali_Wine_Fan
 
Cali_Wine_Fan July 02, 2018
love love love this shot. What a terrific point of view!
Cali_Wine_Fan
 
Cali_Wine_Fan July 02, 2018
And thank you for detailed comment, I appreciate the added information. Very interesting
brian19869
 
brian19869 September 16, 2018
what a view. superb composition. this is really unique
reginaldojames
 
reginaldojames October 05, 2018
Soube aproveitar com maestria. Parabéns!
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garyvalente December 08, 2018
Outstanding!
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Argentiere December 08, 2018
Outstanding brilliance
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Jeremydean80 October 23, 2021
What an amazing shot!! Great job, I love this!!
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