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FLOATING CONCRETE PONTOON
Floating concrete pontoon used by Brunel to build the Royal Albert Bridge. Bombed in Second World War.
Was lying in Millbay Docks and broken up round-about 2000.
From ‘The Western Daily Mercury’ 18th July 1878
“The floating pontoon at the Great Western Docks, over which so much merchandise and so many hundreds of people pass during a week, is positively a huge coal store, the receiving capacity of which is at least 5,000 tons. The Irish and other steamboats are regularly coaled from this handy depot, and usefulness of which, unkempt and coal-grimed as it is, it would be waste of space to point out.”
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