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An ongoing series of a Skippers view on navigating a 38m Dutch Barge through the bridges on the River Wye from Chepstow to Hereford

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Lydbrook Junction Bridge

We were about 250 metres downstream of the old Wire Works Factory on the starboard bank side of the River Wye, as the bridge came into view we had sight of the centre arch supported by 4 cast iron cylinders, the centre arch is almost 23 metres across.

The bridge crosses the Wye as the river bends to the right on the upstream side, the floodwater coming downstream hit the left bank and was forced across the upstream side of the bridge, because of this and the length of Wye invader we kept to the Port side and let the current assist in turning us into the bend. As we passed under the bridge there were people on the walkway above us so we said “Good afternoon” to them, it’s was now 1545 hours, as the Stern cleared the top side of the centre arch and bridge.
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Wye Invader