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In suspense

Letters

I was with Holloway Bros (London) in the late 1940s and early 1950s. I always understood that Dorman Long had closed its London ofce as a result of losses - suffered on the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, mainly the result of exchange rate variations - and the entire department moved to Holloway under its director W Storey Wilson and chief engineer FW Sully.

I remember Mr Sully telling me that as a young man he had been engaged on the design of temporary works for the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and one night in bed suddenly thought of a mode of failure he had not investigated.

Further investigation was not reassuring and for some weeks his first fearful enquiry when reaching the office in the morning was whether any cables had been received from Sydney! Happily none were, and the bridge can carry on celebrating its anniversary.

Incidentally, I also remember asking why the bridge drawings were so small, and was informed that the engineer did not have any large plan chests!

FG Chapman, Francis.chapman@wanadoo. fr

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