Rockland Bridge, 1981-2000
When I first visited the bridge in 1977, it was only open to foot traffic. I was immediately interested in the sub-structure holding the bridge in place. Exposed to harsh elements of rushing tides and ice in the winter these piers were quite an engineering feat. When in 1978 the bridge was lost, I subsequently discovered that the bridge had in fact been rebuilt three times since 1869. Tides in the Bay of Fundy are the highest in the world, and the destruction of the Rockland Bridge and its piers is a testament to the power of nature.
- Thaddeus Holownia
The Rockland Bridge over the Memramcook River connected the communities of Upper Dorchester and Taylor Village, New Brunswick. It was taken out by an exceptionally high tide and high winds on the morning of January 10, 1978. Although considered by many people at the time as not a particularly important architectural structure, it had served as a link between the two communities for over 100 years. It was the second longest covered bridge in New Brunswick. The four stone filled timber cribs and abutments which supported the bridge were unique and of interest as most such structures had been replaced by poured concrete piers. Constructed of hardwood timbers and placed on the riverbed, they were then sheathed in hardwood varying from four to six inches in thickness.