SW6641 : Heartlands Project, Robinson's Shaft capstan

taken 5 years ago, near to Pool, Cornwall, Great Britain

Heartlands Project, Robinson's Shaft capstan
Heartlands Project, Robinson's Shaft capstan, taken 5 years ago
The Heartlands Project is regenerating the former South Crofty Mine and this includes the 80" Cornish pumping engine on Robinson's shaft and ancillary equipment including this 'crab' capstan. This twin cylinder engine was built by Harvey & Co of Hayle in 1882 and is believed to have transferred here with the pumping engine in 1903. The cylinders are 12" x 18" and there is a 7' flywheel with curved spokes (see the shadow on the wall). There is a worm drive to the rope drum. This would have been used for shaft work, especially maintaining the pumps of the beam engine. It was latterly run on compressed air.

A similar engine was seen at New Cook's Kitchen shaft nearby in the 1980s and is now in store at King Edward Mine, Troon.
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Thursday, 7 June, 2012   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 19 June, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Quarrying, Mining 
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Tin Mine 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 6678 4125 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:13.5096N 5:16.2650W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SW 6678 4125
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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Stationary Steam Engine  Steam Engine (Preserved)  Regeneration 

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