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Lockport, Manitoba — The Canadian Prairies
 

St. Andrews Caméré Curtain Dam

 
 
St. Andrews Caméré Curtain Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2008
1. St. Andrews Caméré Curtain Dam Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 1995 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
 
Location.
Marker with view of dam image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2008
2. Marker with view of dam
50° 4.946′ N, 96° 56.508′ W. Marker is in Lockport, Manitoba. Marker is on River Road (Provincial Highway 238), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 609 River Road, Lockport, Manitoba R1A 3C1, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Andrews Anglican Church (approx. 3.1 kilometers away); St. Andrew’s Rectory (approx. 3.1 kilometers away); Twin Oaks (approx. 4.4 kilometers away).
 
Categories. 20th CenturyMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
St. Andrews Caméré Curtain Dam image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2008
3. St. Andrews Caméré Curtain Dam
Two left portions of curtain are lowered into the river.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2008, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,473 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on July 16, 2008, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 20, 2008, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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