Benching - An early construction technique

Benching - An early construction technique (HM1HCL)

Location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia 36875 Halifax Regional Municipality
Country: Canada
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N 44° 42.494', W 63° 33.257'

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Benching


As you look down the Cut you will see, on the left or East bank, stone walls separated by narrow, flat terraces. This construction technique was used by the canal workers to prevent the earth from sliding down the bank. It was obviously an efficient construction method as the sides of the canal cut remain almost intact two centuries later.



Stop Gates

If you look below and on either side of the channel you will see large cut stones which are the remains of a mitred stop gate used to maintain the level of Lake Charles an to allow the Cut to be drained to work on Locks 2 and 3.


Control of the water level of Lake Charles was vital to the operation of the canal as this lake is the summit of the waterway.
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HM NumberHM1HCL
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Marker Number16
Placed ByShubenacadie Canal Commission.
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Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 3:44am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)20T E 456092 N 4950689
Decimal Degrees44.70823333, -63.55428333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 42.494', W 63° 33.257'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 42' 29.64" N, 63° 33' 15.42" W
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Area Code(s)334
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7 Trans Canada Trail, Dartmouth Nova Scotia 36875, CA
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