The first attack was on the night of 31 May - 1 June 1942 by a Japanese midget submarine.
The second was a shell attack by the mother submarine on 8 June 1942. This didn't exactly land in the harbour itself, but landed in the Eastern suburbs. It is thought that it was intended to strike the bridge.
The total length of the Sydney Harbour Bridge including approach spans is 1149 metres and its arch span is 503 metres. The top of the arch is 134 metres above sea level.
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge was built in a location with high winds. High velocity winds can create an aerodynamic instability called flutter. Flutter may be mitigated by a stiff structure. That bridge was very flexible in torsion (more commonly known as twist). There were many warning signs of a disaster - the bridge had wild oscillations in high winds many times before it collapsed.
If you ever see a video of a stop sign rotating about its post in a hurricane, as often done by on scene news crews, the phenomenon is completely analogous. Of course, during "normal" winds, the stop sign would not flutter - during the hurricane the wind speed exceeds the speed when we see the onset of flutter.
All aircraft are designed to ensure the maximum speed of the aircraft is below the speed at the onset of flutter for its wings and other lifting surfaces. Here as well, the wing design may be stiffened if required to raise the flutter onset speed.
After the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed, many bridge designs were reviewed by engineers to ensure they would not have the same fate. The Whitestone Bridge, which crosses the East River from Queens to the Bronx in New York, was one that was stiffened by side bracing to raise the torsional stiffness and remove the concern about flutter. To my knowledge, that bridge was never subject to winds at a high enough speed in its pre-stiffened state to induce severe oscillations like those seen on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
On the afternoon of 31 May 1942, three Japanese submarines appeared some thirteen kilometres out from Sydney Harbour. Each one launched a midget submarine, aimed at the American heavy cruiser, the USS Chicago, which was anchored in the harbour. One midget was detected at about 8:00pm, but was not precisely located until it became entangled in the net; the two-man crew of the submarine blew up their own vessel to avoid capture. When the second midget was detected after 10:00pm, a general alarm was sounded. The third midget was damaged by depth charges, and the crew also committed suicide to avoid capture.
The second submarine then returned fire, hitting the naval depot ship HMAS Kuttabul. Nineteen Australian men and two British sailors on the Kuttabul were killed. The submarine is believed to have then returned to its mother ship, known as I-24.
I-24 returned nine days later, on 8 June 1942, and proceeded to attempt to fire at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Every shot missed, but at least 10 shells hit the residential suburbs of Rose Bay, Woollahra and Bellevue Hill. All but one of the shells failed to explode and there were no fatalities or serious injuries.
Depth (below sea level): 8m (12m below sea floor)
8 x 23,000t concrete tunnel units, 120m long, 26m wide and 7.5m deep, cast in a specially constructed dry dock at Port Kembla
Work first began on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1924, and it was opened in 1932. It took eight years to build the bridge.
It was opened early in July 1978.
THIS BRIDGE WAS DESIGNED BY A GUYANESE MAN FROM BARTICA,ESSEQUIBO GUYANA
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13 February 1978
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The dimensions of the Sydney Harbour Bridge are:
An average of 1,400 people were employed each year to work on the Sydney Harbour Bridge's construction.
No - but the opening ceremony wasn't without incident.
The official opening of the bridge occurred on 19 March 1932. NSW Premier, the Honourable John T Lang, was about to officially declare the Bridge open.
Just before he did, Captain Francis De Groot of the political group The New Guard, which was opposed to Lang's leftist policies, charged on his horse and slashed the ribbon with his sword. De Groot's organisation resented the fact that the King's representative in Australia, the Governor-General Sir Isaac Isaacs, hadn't been asked to open the bridge. De Groot was arrested, and the ribbon retied, allowing Lang to finish performing the official opening ceremony.
79 percent of the steel came from Dorman Long's works in Middlesborough, England. The remainder was Australian steel. All was actually fabricated on site at Milson's Point.
The construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was completed early in 1932, and the official opening took place on 19 March 1932.
19 march, 1932
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is significant for being the largest steel arch bridge in the world, though not the longest, with the top of the bridge standing 134 metres above the harbour. At 48.8 m wide, it is the widest bridge in the world (as of 2004). Construction of the bridge began in 1924, and took 1400 men eight years to build at a cost of Â£4.2 million. Sixteen lives were lost during its construction, while up to 800 families living in the path of the proposed Bridge path were relocated and their homes demolished when construction started.
It is also significant for how it was constructed. The arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was built in two halves cantilevering from each shore and tying each half back by steel cables that were anchored into U-shaped tunnels excavated into the sandstone rock. Construction of the two halves of the arch began late in 1928, and the two halves were properly joined around 10pm on 19 August 1930.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge provided a vital link for the city of Sydney across the harbour. Before it was built, the only way to travel between the southern side of the harbour, where the city centre is, and the residential north, was by ferry, or by taking a circuitous, 20 kilometre road route involving five bridge crossings. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is also significant because it is where the 28 May 2000 People's Walk for Reconciliation took place. The walk began at North Sydney station and finished at Darling Harbour, and involved some 250,000 people walking across Sydney's Harbour Bridge to show their support of the process of Reconciliation between Aboriginal Australians and white Australians.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is used to connect the Sydney CBD with the North Shore of Sydney.
The Auckland Harbour Bridge is used to connect St Marys Bay, Auckland with Northcote, North Shore City.
Yes. Australia is the world's smallest continent (not the largest island) and it is a country. There are no other countries on the continent of Australia.
The continental landmass known as Australia should not be confused with the region known as Oceania. Despite what some sources may say, Oceania is neither a continent, nor an alternative name for Australia.
That would be a suspension bridge
No. The Bridge of Sighs is the covered bridge prisoners passed through on their way from the court to the prison.
In the late afternoon of 31 May 1942 three Japanese submarines, I-22, I-24 and I-27, sitting about seven nautical miles (13 kilometres) out from Sydney Harbour, each launched a Type A midget submarine for an attack on shipping in Sydney Harbour. The night before, I-24 had launched a small floatplane that flew over the harbour, its crew spotting a prize target - an American heavy cruiser, the USS Chicago. The Japanese hoped to sink this warship and perhaps others anchored in the harbour. Read the rest of the story at : http://www.ww2australia.gov.au/underattack/sydharbour.html
The Berks & Hants Extension Railway was part of the GWR when the line to Devizes from Hungerford was opened in 1862. Hence the distance of 85 miles shown on the Hillworth Road bridge would most likely be the distance from Paddington Station in London. The pre-motorway road distance to London was, I believe, 87 miles (presumably measured from Charing Cross) and would support a rail distance of 85 miles from Paddington.
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