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Tay Bridge disaster

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Grateful acknowledgement is made to the following for permission to reproduce material:

Figure 1 NOAA/NESS;

Figures 2, 3 Courtesy of Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Texas;

Figures 6, 7 Erik Larson Isaac's Storm, Fourth Estate 1999;

Figure 9 Victor Bignell;

Figure 10, 14, 15, 38, 39, 48 from Engineering Materials 3, Materials Failure Analysis. Butterworth Heinemann;

Figure 11, 12, 13, 20, 21, 22, 49 St Andrew's University Library;

Figure 50 National Railway Museum;

Figure 51 © Mrs FB Farquarson;

Figure 52 Peter Lewis.

Figures C4, C18 Hulton/Archives;

Figures C1, C2 reproduced with permission from Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre;

Figure C3 reproduced with permission of John O'Farrell;

Figures C5, C6, C11The Science Museum;

Figure C8 © National Gallery Picture Library;

Figure C12 Cossons, N and Trinder, B (1979), The Iron Bridge, Moonraker Press;

Figure C15 Peter Skilton (2001);

Figure C17 Ken Reynolds.

Dr Peter R Lewis and Ken Reynolds (2002) ‘Forensic engineering: a reappraisal of the Tay Bridge disaster’, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Vol. 27, No. 4.

St Andrew's University Library


Particular appreciation is given to the following for their contributions:

Peter Lewis: digitally enhanced photographs of Tay Bridge – Figures 29, 30, 33, 35, 36, C16;

Dai Jones: Tay Bridge drawings – Figures 10, 14, 15, 38, 39, 48;

Dundee City Library: Tay Bridge photographs – Figures 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 34, 37;

Institute of Civil Engineers: Tay Bridge design drawings – Figures 16, 17.

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