SW3634 : Levant man-engine

taken 10 years ago, near to Trewellard, Cornwall, Great Britain

Levant man-engine
Levant man-engine
Man-engines were invented in Germany and a number were used in Cornish mines. Using steam or water-power, they combined reciprocating rods and fixed platforms in a shaft. As the rods moved, the miner stepped from the rod to the platform and vice-versa, matching the strokes of the engine, so that he was carried up or down, typically in 12-foot stages. This is the site of the Levant man-engine, which saved the miners the task of climbing over 1200 feet of ladders. The shaft is towards the top of the picture, the deep pit in the foreground accommodated the counter-balance box, filled with rocks or scrap, which considerably reduced the load on the engine. On 20 October 1919, the connecting cap at the top of the vertical rods broke and 31 men were killed as the system collapsed in the shaft.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 28 February, 2008   (more nearby)
Monday, 3 March, 2008
Mine (disused)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 368 343 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:9.0563N 5:41.1129W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SW 368 343
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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