Water Street Swing

By: Lesley

May 22 2011

Category: bridges, Gananoque


Focal Length:8.5mm
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Where the Gananoque River meets the St Lawrence River is a 120′ steel single lane swing bridge. It is designed to pivot 90 degrees at the centre pillar so that larger boats can get through. On the east side of the river are boathouses (seen here) and on the west side are a cluster of industrial buildings and abandoned factories.

Participating in Sunday Bridges

9 comments on “Water Street Swing”

  1. Neat, Lesley! I have not seen a swing bridge quite like this one.

  2. I would never have known it was a swing bridge by looking at the photo! How interesting!

  3. That is an interesting way of letting the boats through!

  4. i haven’t seen a swing bridge in action yet.:p

  5. I am fascinated by the inn behind the bridge – wondering who stays there, when the inn was at its height in business, and what it’s like to wake up and go on the balcony of the top floor of the inn and watch the bridge and the river.

    • and that is the back view of this grand inn! It was built in the late 1800s and has had some long term owners who have kept it up beautifully. It is now also a conference in and spa.

  6. That’s such a lovely sight, the houses are pretty behind the very nice bridge!

  7. Very interesting photo.

  8. […] The swing bridge on Water Street in Gananoque, built in 1894, still works by hand crank. Behind the bridge can be seen some of the bed and breakfast establishments on Stone Street. Another view of this bridge was posted here. […]

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