Day Five - Part Four: Botallack - Geevor Tin Mine | West Cornwall Fully Loaded Cycle Tour - Carnaby Snaps
I just got time to take a walk through an actual part of the mine tunnel before the place closed - it was as you would imagine, cold, dark and, cramped
The Victory Shaft (a sub-incline extension that linked the nearby lower submarine levels of Levant mine with Geevor) was completed in 1979 and opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 28th November 1980
As a lot of the mine went out under the sea pumps played a vital role in keeping the mining shafts relativity dry
Tin is an important resource as you can see - whatever device you're using to look at these photos on contains tin!
Information plaque: 1 - Breaking The Ore
Information plaque: 2 - Removing The Waste Rock From The Ore
Information plaque: 3 - Reducing In Size
Information plaque: 4 - Separating The Valuable Minerals
Information plaque: 5 - Cleaning The Concentrates
Due to the 1980s recession world tin prices plummeted which ultimately was the beginning of the end for Geevor Tin Mine
Top photo: Sub-incline Shaft extending under the Atlantic Ocean, Bottom photo: Flooding of the Sub-incline Shaft after closure in 1991
Leftover cast iron machinery from past days of Geevor Tin Mine
Remnants of buildings from Geevor Tin Mine and the stunning Cornish coastline with Pendeen Lighthouse in the distance
Information plaque: Levant Mine: The compressor house
The compressor house c.1901 which housed a steam-powered air compressor and 20-ton flywheel to power the rock drills miners used back then
Information plaque: Levant Mine: 'The mine beneath the sea'
Levant Mine and Beam Engine c.1820 got the nickname "mine under the sea", because tunnels were driven up to 2.5 km from the cliffs under the sea
The building that houses the surviving Levant Mine Beam Engine built in c.1840
Walking along the South West Coast Path leads to Botallack Mine
The breathtaking Botallack Mine! this site has been on my 'great views wishlist' ever since I first saw a photo of it in my early plans to travel to Cornwall. You can actually go further down along that path you see in the bottom right of the photo but it's pretty dangerous and certainly not a good idea on a windy day!
I saw this photo in the Geevor Tin Mine museum section, mining in this location goes back as far as the 1500s and the first steam-engine was put to work here in 1810
The powers of the zoom. I still find myself mesmerised by this photo - what a beautiful site indeed
Closing time on Botallack and a great sunset to say goodbye!