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Afon Dyfrdwy Passes Under the Queensferry Bridges

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2012

Holyhead Towing Company's wing carrying vessel AFON DYFRDWY [490grt / 2004] passing under the A55 and old Queensferry Bridges carrying an Airbus A360 wing from the Broughton aircraft factory to Mostyn on the afternoon of August 22, 2012.The vessel has a very low air draught to enable it to fit under the fixed A494 bridge. As can be seen it is a tight fit, the passage down river was made on the flood tide.

The AFON DYFRDWY also has to navigate under the now fixed  Queensferry Bridge a bascule design and the Hawarden Railway swing bridge. Commercial traffic on this stretch of the River Dee ended prior to the construction of the A494 bridge in the early 1960s.


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