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Messing About On The River

These are real pictures of an incident that took place at Rooster Bridge on the Tombigbee River in Alabama, USA, in 1979.

The barge is the CAHABA. On 28th April, 1979, the captain underestimated the current and got too close to the bridge. The current laid the CAHABA onto the bridge, where the vessel rolled under the span and came out the other side. The captain remained at the controls and was not physically hurt, but was pretty shaken up!

The photographer was from a local paper and just happened to be passing by (every news photographer's dream!). It is believed locally that the owners of the CAHABA bought the negatives immediately after they were published in the paper to supress the story.

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