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Old 27 October 2005, 08:48   #1
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Tidal Thames Bridges

Went down the Thames from Putney yesterday and noticed that there was a bale of straw hanging from a bridge that was being worked on ,one of our party thoght it was some old custom about working on bridges . Anyone know the real story .
A good trip except for someone jumping off London Bridge and not being found which put a bit of a dampner on the afternoon .Lots of police fire RNLI activity .
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The bale of hay is hanging off Chelsea Bridge at the moment while it's undergoing some refurbishment.

The bale of hay is some ancient custom/law, but I can't remember the details
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The bale is a traditional warning for ships and boats passing underneath that repairs are underway.
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It shows that there is reduced headroom under that arch. Normally the scaffolding is a bit of a give-away too!

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Goes back to days before lifejackets. Man working on bridge, man slips, falls in water, his mate(hopefully) cuts rope, down goes straw, drowning man hangs on to bale, saved.
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Arch closed to navigation?

I always thought it meant that the arch was closed to navigation?
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Old 28 October 2005, 05:07   #7
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I always thought it meant that the arch was closed to navigation?
Every day's a school day!

From the PLA web site:
An inverted triangle of three red discs or three red lights hanging from the arch of a bridge mean that the arch is closed to navigation. A bundle of straw or a white light hanging from the arch of a bridge indicates that the arch has restricted headroom.

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Every day's a school day!

From the PLA web site:
An inverted triangle of three red discs or three red lights hanging from the arch of a bridge mean that the arch is closed to navigation. A bundle of straw or a white light hanging from the arch of a bridge indicates that the arch has restricted headroom.

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Cheers John,

When I was a teenager passing along the London Thames in my parents boat we always used to avoid the arches with bales.

I remember the bit about the inverted triangle now that you've jogged my memory.
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