TT&T: The Levant Mine

The Failure of the Man Engine


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.



Alexandra Henning The Hysterical Historian

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