My fascination with the Brooklyn Bridge began many years ago when my brother gave me David McCullough’s The Great Bridge. Up until then, I associated history with school textbooks and read little of it once out of university. This story was so fascinating and well-written that I was reading the book on my lunch breaks at work (and sharing what I had read with my co-workers, whether they wanted to hear it or not!) and resuming my reading as soon as I got home. As a bonus, the book opened my eyes to history as alive and interesting and even exciting and I’ve read much more since then.
One of the scenes that sticks in my memory twenty years later is when E. F. Farrington, the master mechanic, rode a boatswain’s chair suspended from the wire traveler rope from the Brooklyn side of the bridge to the New York City side of the bridge. He did this to demonstrate to his workers that this method of traveling, which they would be using, was safe. His arrival in New York, however, turned into more than a safety demonstration—he was greeted by cheers, cannons firing, and boat whistles sounding. McCullough makes the point that this was the first time people could see that the two cities would indeed be connected by the bridge.
Love this bridge!
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Images © Melissa Corcoran.