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The Famous Engine Houses Of The Botallack Crown Mines

The Famous Engine Houses Of The Botallack Crown Mines

Botallack, Cornwall

Perched above the Atlantic Ocean, the lower pumping house was built in 1835 to pump water from the mine and the upper winding house,
Pearce's, in 1862. The latter powered the Boscawen Diagonal Shaft, which ran out a total of 1,360 feet 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 Duke and Duchess
of Cornwall 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.

These engine houses were closed in 1914 due to the decline in tin prices but were preserved in 1984 by the Carn Brea Mining Society
with the help of many individuals and authorities as a tribute to past generations of Cornish miners. They are the most
well known of the mining relics in Cornwall.

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Milan Vogrin21-Nov-2008 19:06
Nice view and compo.V!
mathilda williams13-Nov-2008 00:48
wonderful shot, and thanks for the background information that goes with it. i love images like these, that tell a story. voted.
Guest 05-Sep-2008 21:13
Perfect perspective for this shot, and great info, your background is showing :)
Brian with an Eye19-Aug-2008 23:00
Excellent portrayal of the setting, and fascinating historical information.
coaster19-Aug-2008 04:47
Breathtaking shot. V
tomandlinda16-Aug-2008 17:45
Great tribute to the history of this area. Love it. v. linda
Matthew Mannell14-Aug-2008 00:19
Great detail, love the huge DoF.
Marco Valk13-Aug-2008 17:15
great depth in this image. well done. v
Yiannis Pavlis13-Aug-2008 04:52
The light and colour saturation are gorgeous!Well seen, composed and presented.V
Aivar Mikko12-Aug-2008 18:01
Very nice coastline with interesting objects. Excellent composition. V.
peterjay4512-Aug-2008 14:12
A terrific composition and shot, Jay. I appreciate reading the history.
Nestor12-Aug-2008 12:23
Love how you arranged this masterpiece in your camera viewfinder.
Excellent image ,with excellent exposure and detail.
deborahcuming12-Aug-2008 12:19
love the pov and the comp! great walk in history too! V
Barb12-Aug-2008 12:03
Great angle and excellent shot. V
Jeff Waldorff12-Aug-2008 11:15
Beautiful scene with a wonderful perspective! Great history about this place!
shuk1in12x12-Aug-2008 07:54
You're getting great colour and details on these shots, Jay.
This one's another sparkler, so's the composition. +V
Bryan Murahashi12-Aug-2008 05:35
Beautiful scene with these ruins and the rocky cliffs. V
Carol Breton12-Aug-2008 03:59
A fantastic perspective for a wonderful comp. This is such a beautiful image, Jay,
and the information is so interesting. Excellent presentation. V
January Grey12-Aug-2008 03:58
Fascinating information, Jay. What a great vantage point you had. Excellent composition, and wonderful details & exposure. V~
Jean D12-Aug-2008 03:08
Wonderful capture of these historical and well preserved buildings, Jay! As well , thanks for the well documented caption!
Marcia Colelli12-Aug-2008 02:41
very nice perspective V
Peter Stahl12-Aug-2008 02:32
Excellent info and terrific comp. Well done Jay! GMV.
john savage11-Aug-2008 23:49
Very interesting story and great capture of the subject. V
Hank Vander Velde11-Aug-2008 23:43
Beautiful image and great bit of history Jay. V.
Cindi Smith11-Aug-2008 23:27
Looks like a great place to live! When does the makeover start? Love this shot! Excellent vantage point! V
Jim Coffman11-Aug-2008 21:54
Great perspective Jay. Well done V
Gérard Koehl11-Aug-2008 19:06
Ah oui... c'est magnifique. V
sandy barbour11-Aug-2008 18:59
Stunning scenic image Jay!
Fong Lam11-Aug-2008 18:30
Wonderful high angle shot of this historical find, Jay.
Excellent exposure and sharpness......V
Jess. ( Lady.D.)11-Aug-2008 18:06
Excellent view point Jay, excellent light and textures in the rock, very well balanced image....
Janet Forjan-Freedman11-Aug-2008 17:26
Great shooting angle for this very interesting capture!
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