Travel along Middle Road toward Somerset Village and you’ll come to a small ocean channel crossed by an old stone bridge. This is Bermuda’s Somerset Bridge, which holds the distinction of being the world’s smallest working drawbridge. The historic bridge was built in 1620, and much of the original masonry remains, though the wooden sections have since been reconstructed. Yet you’ll find no winching mechanism to raise the spans of this drawbridge. Instead it consists of two half-spans that stop short of meeting, with a 32-inch gap between them, and planks filling the narrow gap. The planks must be removed by hand—either by a crewmember or passerby hailed from the ship—allowing just enough space for the mast of a sailboat to thread the opening as the ship sails beneath.
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