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Huntsman’s (Huntsham) Bridge

Friday 27th October 1989, the main bridge over the Wye leading to Symonds Yat East. The bridge was rebuilt in about 1982 with less air draft.
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Monmouth Bridge

Saturday 8th April, 12.30 pm there was still over 2 metres of water above normal in the river plus the Wye Invaders air draft of 4 meters, we made 3 attempts that afternoon and on each occasion we almost got through with the wheelhouse in the Middle Bridge arch, each time there seemed to be too much water so I put her in astern gear and came out of the arch, back down the river for about 100 metes and dropped the starboard anchor. It was now about 6pm, we moved over to the right bank and secured Wye Invader for the night. At about 8pm the crew and all the helpers, I think there were 6 by this time, went ashore for a few bevvy's and we all got back to the Wye Invader by 12.30am
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Biggsweir Bridge

We were now on the non tidal River Wye, a 3 mile straight leading up to Redbrook, ahead are 3 large Boulders at about half mile intervals in the middle of the river and several fishing concrete walkways out into the river, all of which I had marked on my large scale map last year.
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Redbrook Bridge

Saturday 8th April 1989, 10.00am. The river had lost more than a metre of water overnight, there was now just over 2 metres available, we cast off and followed the left bank through Redbrook Bridge then moved to the starboard side so as to be able to follow the channel close to the bank and squeeze past some large stones that were still submerged a few hundred metres upriver.
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Brockweir Bridge

The first full day we set about securing Wye Invader in her temporary mooring so she could move up or down with the tides. We had to wait for a high tide of about 9 meters at Sharpness and about 3 meters of flood water in the Wye Valley measured on the Water Level Gauge at Redbrook, backed up with 2 meters at Monmouth and 2 meters in Hereford, this would give enough volume and depth of water for long enough to get past and over the rocks and shallows on the corner below Redbrook before we moved up to Monmouth…..
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Tintern Rail Bridge

From Chepstow bridge we spent the next 3 hours feeling our way along the Tidal Lower Wye on a rising tide and we were almost at the top of tide, the tide times and heights are almost the same as Sharpness, the river has a deeper channel close to the right bank starboard side but anymore than 6.5 metres plus the air draft would be to much to pass under the rail bridge….
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