Somerset Bridge, Bermuda

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Somerset Bridge is a small bridge in Bermuda. Connecting Somerset Island with the mainland in the western parish of Sandys, Somerset Bridge is reputedly the smallest working drawbridge in the world.[1]

The original bridge was built in 1620, and much of its structure remains, although the bridge was largely rebuilt in the mid 20th century. The original bridge was cranked open by hand, whereas the current bridge consists of two cantilevered half-spans, separated by an 18-inch (46 cm) gap bridged by a thick timber panel. The entire width of the drawbridge measures 22 inches (56 cm). The panel is removed whenever a yacht wishes to pass beneath the bridge, allowing the unstayed mast to pass through the gap. A captain must wait for a passer-by to assist in opening the drawbridge.

On a series of Bermuda pound banknotes issued from 2009, the bridge is featured on the reverse of the pink five pound note, along with Horseshoe Bay and opposite an Atlantic blue marlin.[2]

Nearby buildings often take their name from the bridge, such as a post office[3] a park and, until October 2008,[4] a sports club.

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Coordinates: 32°16.713′N 64°52.593′W / 32.278550°N 64.876550°W / 32.278550; -64.876550