Sunday, 16 January 2011

Captain Cook Bridge

The Captain Cook Bridge is one of three major road crossings of the Georges River. It is a six-lane precast prestressed concrete bridge that links Rocky Point Road at Sans Souci in the St George area to Taren Point Road at Taren Point in the Sutherland Shire. A ferry service ran between these southern suburbs from 1911 and a vehicular punt ran between these two points from 1916. The Captain Cook Bridge was opened in 1965 and named after explorer Captain James Cook who landed at nearby Kurnell on 29 April 1770, when navigating his way around Australia. At sunset yesterday there were plenty of fishermen fishing off the rocks at Sans Souci and in boats on the river. 
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22 comments:

  1. The punt ran until 1965 when the bridge opened?

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  2. Cool! I don't think I had a chance to see this bridge before.

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  3. Captain Cook really made it around to a lot of places. He was in Hawaii (and was killed there). We were in Easter Island about 2 months ago, and he had been there. A couple of years ago we visited Tahiti and the Cook Islands, and he had been there. In a few years we plan to go to New Guinea. I wonder if we will hear that it also was also explored by Captain Cook.

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  4. A great sunset photo with a bridge named after a man, who was a pioneer ;-)

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  5. Beautiful shot of the bridge! Love the pink in the background skies.

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  6. Long bridges that can withstand the beatings of the tides as well as bad weather are near miracles.

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  7. It is such a long bridge.

    By the way, did you watch on TV news when boats knock against the bridges in Brisbane?

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  8. It is a lovely sweep of bridge to drive over, Jim.

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  9. What a great monument. A safe road ahead and a good Sunday as well.

    daily athens

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  10. Andrew, yes the last service was on May 27th 1965. The last punt in service carried 26 cars at a time and 1000 cars a day.

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  11. great-looking bridge. lovely light and excellent angle.

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  12. «Louis» had heard or read of this bridge, but this is the first photo he recalls ever seeing of it. He thinks this is also the first time this bridge has been posted on Sunday Bridges.

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  13. Ann, yes I did see those boats and pontoons being smashed against bridges after the floods in the waters of the Brisbane River. It's been devastating. There was even a 500 metre section of a pedestrian bridge that broke up and had to be guided out to Moreton Bay by tug boats. By the way, Brisbane also has a Captain Cook Bridge.

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  14. It is a great bridge...simple lines . I have been across on the punt

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  15. WOW! 6 Lanes...that’s a lot. Gorgeous sunset, and a really cool name for the bridge. The sky is especially pretty.

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  16. Very nice tones all over. Great shot Jim. Have a nice week, Ev

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  17. diane b, great to hear from someone who had travelled on the punt.

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  18. do you know who designed the bridge or who the architect is?

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  19. Cx ; Ccg, unfortunately I couldn't find any information about the designer.

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