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HBM from Broughty Ferry

From here one gets a view of the Tay Road Bridge in the distance. When I was a child living in Fife in the 1940s and early 50s, and requiring dental treatment in Dundee at the Dental Hospital, I had to catch a bus from St.Andrews to Newport Fife, then take the ferry over the river. I then walked to the Dental Hospital, all by myself from the age of eight years old. One would never allow this in this day and age.

The Tay Ferries, known locally as the "Fifies" they were the main means of crossing the Tay with a vehicle until the opening of the Tay Road Bridge.

The first regular scheduled steam powered ferry was the "Union" which started service in 1821 and ran six days a week with up to 11 crossings per day. Only a short while later in 1839 pleasure trips over the river became available and were an affordable day out for many Dundonians working in the City industries.

The ferries could typically take around 10 vehicles at a time. Today the Tay Road Bridge is crossed by 26,000 vehicles per day.

The same day as the Tay Road Bridge was opened on August 18th 1966, the Ferry "Scotscraig" made it's final crossing.
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23 comments

©UdoSm said:

A sensational view...
2 months ago ( translate )

Ulrich John said:

A bench with a beautiful view ! A place for dreaming ! HBM and a good week, Amelia !
2 months ago

Roger (Grisly) said:

Beautiful light and a wonderful view across the Tay Amelia,
How times change as they must, but not always for the better,
HBM and a great week
2 months ago

Rosalyn Hilborne said:

A gorgeous light and excellent framing Amelia. A bench with a great view!
HBM and wish you a good new week.
2 months ago

Boro said:

Superbe !!! HBM Amelia
2 months ago ( translate )

Ecobird said:

I love the light shimmering on the water. A lovely shot Amelia. Times change but I have no doubt you were safer as a child making those trips to the dental hospital alone than any child woud be nowadays, which is sad in itself.
I have a passion for ferries but no doubt the bridge has made access much easier and more reliable. The past just seems more romantic to me somehow.

HBM and have a lovely week
2 months ago

Günter Klaus said:

Diesen Ausblick kann da schon richtig toll genießen liebe Amelia :))

Wünsche noch einen schönen Nachmittag,ganz liebe Grüße Güni :))
2 months ago ( translate )

Makrofan said:

Sehr schöne Aussicht! Tolles Bild!
2 months ago ( translate )

Keith Burton said:

A nicely composed image and a cracking view across the water to the road bridge. I like the bench and it's shadow!
2 months ago

Stephan Fey said:

Fantastic image, Amelia!!! HBM!
2 months ago ( translate )

Nick Weall said:

This looks so Mediterranean dear LGM HBM ~ and congratulations for composing this scene so well.
Yes the world is a very different place now sadly. Thanks for all the info ~ Enjoy your week ~~~
2 months ago

Fred Fouarge said:

Schitterend Amelia (Hbm) en mooie vaart
2 months ago ( translate )

trester88 said:

Wunderschön, dieser Silberglanz auf dem Meer!
HBM und einen guten Start in die Woche, Amelia!
2 months ago ( translate )

Boarischa Krautmo said:

HBM!
2 months ago ( translate )

Gillian Everett said:

Great tranquillity, interesting story.
2 months ago