Tacoma Narrows Bridge

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a suspension bridge across Puget Sound at Tacoma

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He also documents some spectacular failures, such as the infamous Galloping Gertie, which once spanned the Tacoma Narrows of Puget Sound in Washington State.
Only one, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, old Galloping Gertie, as it became known when it shook itself to pieces in 1940, had a bad reputation, but that was not the fault of the cables.
Among the little ships was Galloping Gertie, a pleasure steamer whose more usual home was ferrying holidaying families around the Bristol Channel from Barry to Ilfracombe, Tenby and back.
CAPTURED: British prisoners of war at the battle of Dunkirk TO THE RESCUE: Galloping Gertie, the Bristol Channel paddle boat, and, right, the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk
They called her Galloping Gertie, a name revered by the men she saved, even if it does sound like a fondly-recalled old trouper from music hall days, some raucous-voiced brassy old blonde.