TT&T: The Levant Mine

The Failure of the Man Engine

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The mine first opened in 1820, it would eventually reach 2000 feet deep and extend 1 mile under the Atlantic Ocean. The mine produced copper, tin and some arsenic.

Photo Credit: This 1893 photo from the Dolcoath Mine in Cornwall, England depicts “Man Engine”, a motorized system for raising or lowering miners between levels in a stope // John Charles Burrow (1852–1918)

In the early years the workers used a series of 80 ladders to reach the shaft they were working in. The trip could take upwards of 90 minutes, time for which they weren’t paid.

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Alexandra Henning The Hysterical Historian

I write about politics, science, among other topics as the mood strikes through a historical lense.