The Lowest bridge on the Thames

The Lowest bridge on the Thames We just made it with inches to spare. Photo by Zoë Jennings

The Botley Road in Oxford crosses the Thames just beyond the railway station. The road is carried by an iron bridge constructed in 1888 after the previous stone bridge had collapsed killing 3 people. Apart from this tragedy, it is also a great shame that the bridge is so low (2.28 metres clearance) that it prevents many craft from navigating further upstream than Oxford.

Not so, Perspectief, for on this day we managed to get under the bridge and went for a short trip to Kings Lock for lunch.

Approaching Osney Bridge. Photo by Zoë Jennings

Everything needs to be folded down, the upper deck helm wheel removed and the skipper is best to steer from the lower helm.

Very tight fit photographed by our crew looking aft. Photo by Zoë Jennings

A pleasant stay at KIngs Lock Island

Back at Osney Lock with a relaxed crew