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Pont de la Basse-Chaîne

Pont de la Basse Chaîne, Angers.Commemorative plaque.

General Information

Structural Type: Suspension bridge
Function / usage: Road bridge
Completed in: 1839
Status: destroyed (1850)

Geographic Information & Related Structures

Location: Angers, Maine-et-Loire (49), Pays de la Loire, France, Europe
  • Maine River
Replaced by Pont de la Basse-Chaîne (1960)

Technical Information


main span 102 m


16 April 1850

An army troupe crosses the bridge though not in step as ordered by the lieutnant colonel in charge. However, strong winds cause the bridge to oscillate which is exacerbated by the soldiers trying to balance on the tilting bridge. The bridge collapses due to overloading and oxidated cables, killing 226 soldiers.



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Relevant Publications

  • Bigueut, Olivier & Comte, François & Courant, Hugues Les ponts d'Angers, Editions du Patrimoine, Paris (France), ISBN 2858221987, 1998
  • Fernández Troyano, Leonardo Tierra sobre el agua, Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, Madrid (Spain), ISBN 8438001483, 1999; pp. 86
  • Grattesat, Guy & Arsac, Auguste Ponts de France, Presses Ponts et chaussées, Paris (France), ISBN 2859780300, 1984; pp. 180
  • Lemoine, Bertrand L'architecture du fer, Champ Vallon, Seyssel (France), ISBN 2903528713, 322; pp. 124
  • Montens, Serge Les plus beaux ponts de France, Bonneton, Paris (France), ISBN 2862532754, 2001; pp. 149
  • Prade, Marcel Ponts et viaducs au XIXème siècle, Poitiers (France), 1988; pp. 118-119
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