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The White House "Le Castel", former lockmaster's house of the Dutch period (1815-1830). Transformed and used as a country house, it still occupies its initial hightened site, at the so-called Castel, a little upstream of Rosière, on the right side of the Ourthe river, in front of the Houbaye island that "was dredged off" in 1968 and where substructions of a lock were found.

This was part of an industrial project, the Canal of the Meuse and Moselle or the Canal of the Ourthe, an industrial project undertaken at the beginning of the XIXth century, between the Meuse and the Moselle. The Canal was intended to link the Meuse and the Rhine basins, allowing the passage of small river boats (called Betchetes in the region of Liege) through the Ardennes. The enterprise, started in 1827, was affected by financing and geo-political problems and the invention of Railway.
(sources : Wikipedia and "Mille ans de navigation sur l'Ourthe" by R. Dalhem)

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