1000s - the first Ferry service begins
between Queensferry and North
The Towns here were named after Queen
Margaret, wife of King Malcolm III.
Queen Margaret began the first Ferry service
so people could visit Dunfermline Abbey on the
north side of the Forth.
The Ferries saved traveling 27 miles
northwest to Stirling to cross the River by
1633, the ship Blessing of Burntisland sank
off Queensferry while carrying Charles I’s
Treasure, valued at over £1 Billion in today's
money. The Treasure has never been
1699 - building of Hopetoun House begins 2
miles south of Queensferry for the Hopes.
1850s - first of the Steam Powered Ferries
begin operating across the Firth of Forth.
1890 - the Forth Rail Bridge is completed as
the largest of its kind at that time.
1914 - 1918 during WWI, many huge British
Warships are anchored here Image.
1939 - 1945 - during WWII, the first German
Air Attack was on Shipyards by the Forth
Bridge, with Bombs narrowly missing the
1918 - the 20,000 ton Aircraft Carrier
Campania was an aging Liner converted to an
Aircraft Carrier during WWI.
1934 - the Ferry Robert the Bruce begins
operating between the two Towns.
1964 - the last Ferry ran between the two
1964 - one day after the last ferry, the
Forth Road Bridge was opened by Queen Elizabeth
2003 - some of the many thousands of small
Cables wound together to hold up the Road
Bridge are monitored snapping inside the
protective steel cover.
The Road Bridge is then regarded as not
strong enough for the ever increasing traffic,
and often closed during strong winds.
2011 - the building of the second Forth Road
2017 - the second Road Bridge is completed
under the name Queensferry Crossing.
The new Bridge was designed to cope with the
high volume of traffic and high winds, although
as soon as it opened, rush hour traffic was
leading to long tail backs.