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Spanning St. Anna Bay, the Queen Emma floating bridge at Willemstad, Curacao is the oldest permanent wooden pontoon bridge in the world. Known as the “Swinging Old Lady,” the bridge connects Willemstad's two halves, Punda and Otrobanda, and was named after Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, who was queen consort of the Netherlands during its construction in 1888. The bridge is supported by 16 pontoon boats and laterally swings open to allow ships to enter and leave the bay. With the opening of the Juliana Bridge in 1974, the Emma Bridge became solely a pedestrian bridge closed to all vehicles.