Blackstone Canal
Skew Bridge north of Skull Rock Lock looking south past towpath abutment
1/19/12
Note that the towpath passes between the canal and the abutment.
This is reported to be a change bridge and switched the towpath from the river bank to the land bank approaching Skull Rock Lock to the south.

Blackstone Canal
Skew Bridge north of Skull Rock Lock looking north past towpath abutment
1/19/12
Note that the canal narrows here and the towpath slopes down to pass under the bridge.
Height of the abutment is about 7-1/2 feet.

Blackstone Canal
Skew Bridge north of Skull Rock Lock looking north across canal at  towpath abutment to ruins of opposite abutment
1/19/12

Blackstone Canal
Skew Bridge north of Skull Rock Lock looking south at ruins of land side abutment
1/19/12

Blackstone Canal
Skew Bridge north of Skull Rock Lock looking north. This was a change bridge where teams crossed from one side of the boat to the other. In this case, the towpath is on the south side of the boat downstream of here and on the north side upstream. The towpath passes to the left of the abutment then curves 270 degrees counter clockwise to pass over the canal. The curving access ramp is visible in this photo.
3/18/12

Blackstone Canal
Skew bridge north of Skull Rock Lock looking across the canal to the river side abutment.
3/18/12

Blackstone Canal
Change bridge
5/6/12
View north along towpath at abutment.
Note that the towpath edge slopes at about 45 degrees into the prism and is protected by stone

Blackstone Canal
Change bridge
5/6/12
View across the canal from the top of the abutment>
The white line shows the original face of the far abutment & the stones which touch the line with their top edges are in place. All others are moved.

Blackstone Canal
View north along canal at Skew Bridge
1/19/12

Blackstone Canal
View of canal north of Skull Rock Lock
Looking north
1/25/89

Blackstone Canal
Towpath north of Skew Bridge looking south with canal basin to right.
1/19/12

Drawing of a change bridge by the late Philip Hoffman.
Used by permission of the American Canal Society.
Except for the wooden pier at the left end and the mountains in the background, this view is similar to that at the Skull Rock bridge looking north.

This is a photo of a change bridge similar to the Blackstone Canal bridge north of Skull Rock Lock except that it is opposite hand.