A Picture History of the Brooklyn Bridge by Mary J. Shapiro

By Mary J. Shapiro

Profusely illustrated account of the best engineering success of the nineteenth century. infrequent modern pictures and engravings, observed by means of vast, specific captions, bear in mind development, human drama, politics, even more. 167 black-and-white illustrations.

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Three months later. John Roebling. the creative genius behind the Brooklyn Bridge project, would be dead. 31. Washington A. Roebling, ca. 1870. In the summer of 1869. while John A. Roebling was engaged in fixing a location for the Brooklyn tower next to the Fulton Ferry Terminal, a ferryboat entering the slip pushed the pilings on which he stood in such a way as to catch and crush his foot. The injury' resulted in lockjaw, and Roebling died 16 days later. Washington, who had worked closely with his father in the preparation of the design and plans of the Brooklyn Bridge, was appointed Chief Engineer.

The level of water in the water shafts was gauged to seal in the compressed air effectively without flooding the interior of the caisson. On one occasion, when the water level had become too low and consequently was not heavy enough to contain the air pressure . . inside, there was a tremendous blowout, that is. compressed air rushed up the water shafts, carrying with it water, rocks, mud and other excavated debris and hurling it 500' into the air. Because it was Sunday, there was no one working in the caisson and only three men on duty above, one of whom was hit by a rock.

33. Longitudinal section of the Brooklyn caisson, 1869. The longitudinal section shows that the interior space was divided into six chambers. There were two water shafts (the largest openings), two supply shafts the narrowest openings, only 2" in diameter) and two air locks through which the workers passed to get in and out of the caisson. of important beard, his elbow resting on the railing of the bridge; Washington Adams, in military cap and full mustache. behind Roebling is C. C. Martin, who became Washington Roebling.

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