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SALTASH FERRY (FLOATING BRIDGE)

FLOATING BRIDGE NUMBER 4

Saltash Ferry Bridge number 4 at Saltash, with a Tamar barge passing up river.
From a postcard.

Saltash Ferry Bridge number 4 being loaded at Saltash Passage, Devonport.

Saltash Floating Bridge Number 4 was a steel one built by Messrs Willoughby Brothers Ltd, of Plymouth, and she entered service in December 1891 amid great rejoicing.  The ferry was making a good profit for Saltash and it paid for many improvements to the Town.  She cost £2,200 and was 4ft longer from gate to gate and 10ft wider in the carriageway.  Engines and boilers were on one side; the other was a passenger cabin with stairs to a promenade deck above.  Designed by Mr A M Brumage CE RN, she was powered by two surface condensing engines of 12bhp.

After only a few weeks she broke down and the old ferry, which had already been sold for scrap, was brought back.  

In 1895 she was temporarily withdrawn again to have a new boiler fitted by Messrs Biddles of Millbay Docks, Plymouth, the service being maintained by a barge lashed to a Reynold’s of Torpoint tug.

She was held in reserve when the next new Ferry arrived in 1911 and was finally disposed of in 1927.