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South Crofty Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 28th February 1910

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One of John Charles Burrow's last underground photographs taken at the 170 fathoms level in Palmers section. It shows miners using a Stephens Three and one quarter inch drill fitted with a primitive sprayer. The water is obtained from the bucket. The drillers mate holds a hammer ready to strike the drill if it jams in the hole, a common fault with early machines with their inadequate rotating mechanism. Dry drilling by machine proved immensely damaging to miners health, but spraying was not introduced into Cornwall, noted for its antiquated practices, until the early 1900s

Copyright © From the collection of the RIC

Media ID 12083190

Date: 12th May 2016

County: Cornwall

Location Name: 50.21277, -5.294775

: TRURI : MIcrs.3

Image Size: 8241 x 6173 Pixels

Filesize is 15.01MB (Original 52.43MB)

Associated Categories: Camborne

Keywords: cornish, early 20th century, mining