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Mathematical Bridge Cambridge

The Bridge Joins the College

I am in Cambridge, England, UK at the minute. One of the famous sights there is what is popularly known as the "Mathematical Bridge", though its actual name is just the "Wooden Bridge". It crosses the River Cam and joins the two parts of Queen's College, one of the 31 Colleges of Cambridge University. Punting is popular in Cambridge and the Mathematical Bridge is one of the places where many tourists choose to take a river trip, poled by a punter.

What Is A Punt?

A punt is a flat bottomed boat with a square constructiion at either end, rather than a bow. It has no keel or tiller and is steered and powered by the punter.

Cambridge truly is an amazing place.

Image Credit » (c) MegL my own photograph

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VinceSummers wrote on April 18, 2019, 7:23 AM

Certainly from images I've seen, Cambridge is an attractive place. It would be a delight to tour the area. When I first saw the use of the word punting in your article, I was wondering what sports had to do with this. I'd never heard of such a thing as this kind of punt or a punter.

MegL wrote on April 18, 2019, 2:35 PM

Yes, after I wrote it, I realised it could look like betting or gambling! Punts can be used in very shallow water because they don't have a keel and the square-shaped end makes them very stable.

lookatdesktop wrote on April 20, 2019, 4:15 PM

I haven't been on water since childhood. This reminds me of a very old movie I saw as a child. Do you remember a movie called The Glass Bottom Boat? Here is a link to an article by Wikipedia about that 1966 movie with Doris Day and Rod Taylor. https :// en . wikipedia . org / wiki / The _ Glass _ Bottom _ Boat

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MegL wrote on April 21, 2019, 1:47 AM

No, I never saw that film but it sounds interesting. The Doris Day films were all light-hearted as I recall, so I suppose this one is too, with a mermaid and a bumbling security person?