REFERENCE No:665
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Description - The TRANSPORTER BRIDGE, MARSEILLE - (Le Pont Transbordeur) & the Lighthouse Pier (et l'Embarcadère du Pharo

Date - 1906~1909  The bridge was opened late 1905, and the postcard was mailed mid 1909
Size in mm (approx) - 138 X 88
Order Reference - PC665
Cost (GBP) - 7.75 POST FREE in U.K.*
Publisher - P. Ruat. Edit.,Marseille
Publisher's Card No. - 1160
Un-used: A 10 cmes red French stamp cancelled MARSEILLES CAPUCINES 19-7-09 - Year of date blurred, but confirmed by the handwritten date. Sent to Kretzachmar, Leipzig
Condition -  A superb quality black & white printed card with no graining visible at all. A minute amount of wear to the corners.
Information - This Transporter bridge was built in less than two years, and opened in December 1905. It allowed travel directly across the Port between the Quays of the Port Vielle, and those of the Rive Neuve. 25 years later it had fallen into disuse as they were unable to maintain it. In 1944 during the Liberation of Marseille the Germans blew the bridge up, hoping that it would block the port, but the South tower didn't fall. This finally collapsed 13 months later with the help of nearly half a ton of (friendly) explosives. There is now a tunnel to connect the two quays.
In the foreground is the Lighthouse Pier, (Embarcadère du Pharo) which seems to used just for pleasure.


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