The Last Day of the Memorial Lift Span

Tomorrow will include photos of the lift span being floated out – but for now I wanted to share two shots of the flurry of activity that had to happen in order for the span to be floated out in the first place. The first shot above features two workers hurriedly screwing something onto one of the barge towers that will help secure the 2 million pound lift span. The shot below is a serene capture of the Cape Cod barge at rest with the early morning light reflecting the scene in the rich blue water of the Piscataqua.

Tugboat Barge Arrives in Portsmouth

Timing is everything.  On my way home, I wanted to see if I could get a glimpse of the sunlight poking through the clouds over the waterfront.  It wasn’t meant to be, but I decided to drive under the Memorial Bridge anyway.  It was then when I realized the sirens were going off, and the lift span was about to rise…but I couldn’t see any river traffic so I figured it was a routine lift.  After a minute or two, this vessel made its way up the river towards the bridge – so I ran onto the deck and watched as it cruised underneath, making its way further up the Piscataqua.  I decided to go with an antique look given the nature of the bridge, which has an antique feel and will soon become an ancient relic.