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Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893

Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893



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Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893

The Man Engine at 234 fathoms level below adit, in 1893. The man engine went down to the 314 fathom level. Miners can be seen standing on the steps of the engine rod while others stand on solars or platforms fixed in the shaft at intervals of 12 feet. The man engine made 5 strokes a minute, thus enabling men to ride up or down 60 feet a minute. Ordinary ladders were fixed alongside the man engine or against the footwall of the lode. Photographer: John Charles Burrow

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This print from 1893 takes us back in time to the Dolcoath Mine, located in Camborne, Cornwall. It showcases a remarkable feat of engineering known as the Man Engine, which operated at an impressive depth of 234 fathoms below adit level. In this image, miners can be seen standing on the steps of the engine rod while others are positioned on solars or platforms fixed within the shaft every 12 feet. The Man Engine revolutionized mining practices by allowing men to travel up or down at a remarkable speed of 60 feet per minute. With its five strokes per minute, this ingenious invention facilitated efficient transportation for workers within the mine's depths. To ensure safety and accessibility, ordinary ladders were installed alongside the man engine or against the footwall of the lode. Photographed by John Charles Burrow, this snapshot captures not only a moment frozen in time but also pays homage to Victorian-era miners who dedicated their lives to Cornwall's thriving mining industry. The image serves as a testament to human ingenuity and perseverance amidst challenging working conditions. Preserved by Royal Cornwall Museum, this historical artifact provides valuable insights into Cornish mining heritage and reminds us of our collective industrial past.

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