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Bridging The Gap

I could think of no better way to start Alice’s photo challenge and honor the name she’s given it, than to share this photograph of Admiral Bernard “Chick” Clarey Bridge.

Admiral Bernard Chick Clarey Bridge
Admiral Bernard “Chick” Clarey Bridge

This photograph was taken from the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri (Mighty Mo) from its Ford Island dock in Pearl Harbor. In front of you are the “tomb stones” of the battle ships sunk on December 7th, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was bombed. The building you see off the front of the ship is the U.S.S. Arizona viewing platform. Beyond that is the Admiral Bernard “Chick” Clarey Bridge. Please click on the photo to enlarge it.

Close to a mile in length, this bridge is one of six in the world built partly with a fixed structure and partly with a floating (pontoon) section. It connects Ford Island, which sits in the middle of Pearl Harbor, with Honolulu. Not just its size and the history of the area make this bridge special. It also bears the fame of coming in under-budget and ahead of schedule!

Thanks, Alice. This was a great idea!

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Nice bridge ! and I can’t participate because I have no bridge around me and in my archives neither ! Brussels has a canal but no river and Waterloo has only its Lion hill without bridge ! I didn’t have any dragon for Melli either ! lol !

  2. That is an awesome bridge, Ms. Yo?! And awesome history to go with it! I’m supposing the sinking part in the middle is the floating part! It’s relatively short and I’d hit the gas and get over it quick! Nothing like that loooooooooong floating bridge up in Washington state? I forget where it’s at – but you probably know! I have a friend who lives near it though! I LOVE bridges but I’d never get across that one! This is going to be an interesting hunt! I don’t have a lot of “interesting” ones…

  3. I get chills just looking at the photo Quilly. Having been there and stood at the memorial it’s hard getting past that to the bridge. πŸ™‚
    Great photo!

  4. Quilly, this is a great bridge!! Lots of history in the surrounding area, too.

    About an hour drive from here, there is a bridge that is partly floating on pontoons too. However, it got too small for the need, so they built a new, bigger bridge right beside it, opened this summer. Now they are in the process of removing the old bridge. I think they should have made the new one a little further over, and then left the old one. In sot all that long I think the traffic will be such that they will need more lanes even, and could have used the two bridges… oh well, what do I know, haha. I’ll be showing you the old one soon…. though I never thought to take any shots of the new one, and I’m not driving that far just for a photo (gas you know, haha)

    I’m glad you like the idea of Bridging The Gap! :o)

  5. I went to the memorial on my first trip to Hawaii back in 1986. It was quite moving. I look forward to visiting again.

  6. I love the Pearl Harbor photo!! My step-grandfather was there on “the day” – he died a year ago. I really want to go there some day…

  7. was the missouri worth going on? we never did it. my dad was in the navy, so i got to go on boats a lot, and therefore didn’t mind not having the dosh for me to go this.

    LOVELy shot. πŸ™‚

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