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Tight squeeze..... by triciamary

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This old Roman bridge along the Canal du Midi inCapestang, France is one of the narrowest and lowest bridges along all the canals in France.

Boaters must calculate their vessel’s measurements before attempting to squeeze through or risk tearing off their wheelhouse – even if it is the collapsable kind, as in this picture. There are stories about boaters recruiting folks at a nearby restaurant to climb on and act as ballast in order to pass under the bridge!

This particular boat made four attempts over half an hour to squeeze through, giving those of us on land a great show! They eventually had to completely collapse the wheelhouse, and still just about made it – note the tiny car on the back of the boat!

Sony Cybershot DSC-T1

Bermuda born so I occasionally get “rock fever” and have to travel – especially to France! Mostly use my Nikon D200, but also use a Sony Cybershot DSC T90 and a Lumix DMC-LX5 for quick shots.

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  • Squealia
    Squealiaover 5 years ago

    wow that’s a tight fit! Great shot

  • Thanks. It was quite funny at the time. Everyone applauded when they finally got through!

    – triciamary

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...over 2 years ago

    Congratulations on being voted into the Top.10 of the “Boats and Bridges” challenge.

  • Great news Larry! Thanks so much!

    – triciamary

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 2 years ago

    Boy, talk about tight spaces! Love your description. Congratulations on placing in the top 10 in the Boats and Bridges challenge. FAVE:>)

  • Thanks so much! It was quite a sight at the time. We watched another large boat this size just zip right through it one time – no maneuvering at all. I guess he had done it many times before!

    – triciamary

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