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Cape Cod Canal
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: Water TransportationEra: 1900-1909DateCreated: 1909-1914Cape CodState: MACountry: USAWebsite: http://www.asce.org/Project/Cape-Cod-Canal/Creator: Parsons, William Barclay

The idea of a canal eliminating the costly and dangerous sea trip around the Massachusetts peninsula of Cape Cod was envisioned as early as 1623 by Pilgrim leader Miles Standish. It was not until financier August Belmont became involved in 1906, however, that sufficient funds for the project could be raised. Belmont had been the primary backer of New York City's first subway, and chose the subway's chief engineer, William Barclay Parsons, as the canal's project director.  

YearAdded:
1985
Image Credit: Courtesy nae.usace.army.milImage Caption: Cape Cod CanalEra_date_from: 1909
Michigan-Lake Superior Power Hydroelectric Plant
Society: ASMEMain Category: Electric, MechanicalSub Category: WaterEra: 1900-1909DateCreated: 1902Michigan-Lake Superior Power Hydroelectric PlantSaulte Sainte MarieState: MICountry: USAWebsite: http://www.asme.org/about-asme/history/landmarks/topics-a-l/electric-power-production-water/-61-michigan-lake-superior-power-hydroelectric-pla, https://www.asme.org/getmedia/9a6fbefb-8d74-4a9d-aaec-f5838421d7e4/61-Michigan-Lake-Superior-Plant.aspxCreator: Clergue, Francis, von Schon, Hans A.E.

This low-head operating plant is representative of nineteenth-century hydropower-plant practice using many small turbines in contrast to twentieth-century use of few large turbines and generators. Its 40,000 horsepower capacity made it the largest in the country using turbines of American design (McCormick-Francis). The contemporary and larger Niagara installation used turbines of French design (Fourneyron). The entrepreneur of this plant was Francis Clergue, a lawyer, who employed as his chief engineer Hans A.E. von Schon, a German immigrant who had served with the U.S.

YearAdded:
1981
Image Credit: Courtesy ASMEImage Caption: Michigan-Lake Superior Power Hydroelectric PlantEra_date_from: 1902
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