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Webpage updated: July 11, 2021
FLOATING BRIDGE NUMBER 4
Saltash Ferry Bridge number 4 at Saltash, with
a Tamar barge passing up river.
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In 1895 she was temporarily withdrawn again to have a new boiler fitted by Messrs Biddles of Millbay Docks, Plymouth, the service being maintained by a barge lashed to a Reynold’s of Torpoint tug.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.