Auckland Harbour Bridge taken from the other side
The bridge took four years to build. The large steel girder sections were partially pre-assembled, and then floated into place on construction barges. One of the main spans was almost lost during stormy weather when the barge began to drift, but the tugboat William C Daldy eventually won a 36-hour tug-of-war against the high winds.
Having been completed in April 1959, three weeks ahead of schedule, the bridge was officially opened on 30 May 1959 by the Governor-General Lord Cobham.
According to various sources either three or four men had been killed by accidents during construction, and the names of three of them are recorded on a memorial plaque underneath the bridge at the Northcote end.
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