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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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therefore curiously and well constructed
in this manner. The thickest end of a
thick piece of timber, the length and shape
of the mast of a large ship, is fastened to
the rock or mountain, the other end
extended on the water; a second timber of
the same length is placed upon it,
extending a fathom beyond it, and so a third,
and fourth, to the middle of the stream,
where it meets with another series of
timber masts from the opposite side, and this
without any cement, but merely resting
upon each other; so that in passing this,
as it were, floating bridge, the elasticity is
sometimes so great that about the middle
it appears to swing, and the weight of
either horse or carriage dips it under the
surface of the water; a circumstance so
tremendous and apparently dangerous, that
a person unaccustomed to such bridges
may well imagine that it will rise no more.
I have frequently seen travellers stop and
water their horses on the middle of the
bridge when they already touch the water
from the subsiding of the platform. When
freed from the weight of the carriage or

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