40th Anniversary of the Tasman Bridge DisasterPrint Page
The Tasman Bridge was open to traffic in August 1964. It was a four-lane, high level concrete bridge constructed with a central navigation span for shipping. Prior to 1964, a floating bridge spanned the Derwent.
On Sunday, 5 January 1975 at 9.27 p.m. the bulk carrier Lake Illawarra collided with the Tasman Bridge. Two piers collapsed along with 127 metres of bridge decking. Four cars ran over the gap into the Derwent River, five occupants died while several others managed to escape from two vehicles which teetered on the edge of the gap. Seven crewmen from the Lake Illawarra also lost their lives. The impact of the bridge collapse was quickly felt as Hobart was suddenly cut in two. Eastern shore residents were severely compromised, transport facilities were tested and to compound the issue further, most hospitals, schools, businesses and government offices were located on the western shore.
|Address:||Tasman Highway, Tasman Bridge, Southern side footpath at the position of collapsed span, Montagu Bay, 7018|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -42.864592|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||05-January-1975|
|Actual Event End Date:||05-January-1975|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Thursday 5th February, 2015|
This plaque marks the section of bridge which fell in the Tasman Bridge disaster on 5 January 1975 ay 9.27pm.
Placed here by the Lord Mayor of Hobart and the Mayor of Clarence to mark the 40th anniversary of the event which changed our cities and claimed 12 lives.