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Botallack Crowns Mine Engine Houses

The lower of the two engine houses was built in 1835 to pump water from the mine. The higher engine house was built in 1862 to provide winding power for the Boscawen Diagonal Shaft, which ran out under the sea.Men were carried up and down the shaft in a gig, a purpose-built, wheeled box, which was also used to raise ore. The Prince and Princess of Wales rode the gig during their visit in July 1865, two years after a terrible accident, caused by the gig-chain breaking, in which eight miners and a boy were killed.

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  • Uploaded on February 9, 2012
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    by John Blagnys
    • Taken on 2010/07/02 10:42:32
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
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