St. Andrews Caméré Curtain Dam

St. Andrews Caméré Curtain Dam (HM5UZ)

Location: Gimli, Manitoba Division No. 13
Country: Canada

N 50° 4.946', W 96° 56.508'

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This is the only Caméré curtain bridge-dam built in North American, and by far the largest ever constructed. H.E .Vautelet, the Canadian engineer responsible for its design, adapted a French technological advancement to deal with the destructive and unpredictable floodwaters of the Red River. It has wooden curtains that dam the river for navigation and roll up to pass the spring freshets. The Canadian government constructed the dam, lock and machine shop/electrical powerhouse in 1907-1910 as part of a proposed river steamboat navigation extending from Winnipeg to Edmonton.

Le Barrage à Rideaux Caméré St. Andrews. Ce pont-barrage à rideaux Caméré, unique en Amérique du Nord, est de loin le plus grand jamais construit. L'ingénier canadien qui en conçut le plan, H.E. Vautelet, adapta une technique française pour parer aux inondations destructrices ét imprévisibles de la rivière Rouge. Ses rideaux en bois barrent la rivière pour faciliter la la navigation; roulés au printemps, ils laissent alors passer les crues saisonnières. Le gouvernement canadien construisit le barrage, l'écluse et la machinerie-centrale entre 1907 et 1910 dans le cadre d'un projet de voie navigable devant relier Winnipeg à Edmonton.
HM NumberHM5UZ
Year Placed1995
Placed ByHistoric Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 8:44pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14U E 647247 N 5549824
Decimal Degrees50.08243333, -96.94180000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 50° 4.946', W 96° 56.508'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds50° 4' 56.7600" N, 96° 56' 30.4800" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 625 River Rd, Gimli Manitoba , CA
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