Cornish Modern Industry: This page will look at Mining and other industries in the County of Cornwall. Subjects such as: Shipping, Quarrying, Mine Searches and anything else of relevance I can find.
I visited Falmouth Docks with Tracy in August 2014. I have printed a few of the negatives and I wanted to get them on a page so here they are.
Cornish Modern Industry 1 – The vehicle cargo ship Grande Atlantico in Falmouth dry dock for maintenance. It was a good day for black and white photography. I was rather pleased with the sky on this one. It was taken with a 17mm ultra wide angle lens, the shape of the dry dock added to the perspective shift.
Initial development of the docks began in 1858 with the first ship entering the port in 1861. The railway arrived in Falmouth in 1863, this brought a new level of prosperity for the town. The port activity has declined in recent years, however it is the largest port in Cornwall and still provides valuable jobs and is a major contributor to the local economy.
Obviously access to the docks is restricted, but there are several vantage points to enable some photography.
Cornish Modern Industry 2 – Looking along the side of the dry dock to one of the huge cranes.
Cornish Modern Industry 3 – It was a large ship but it was dwarfed by the cranes surrounding it.
Cornish Modern Industry 4 – The rear of the ship, the winches here control the opening of the stern ramp where vehicles are loaded.
Cornish Modern Industry 5 – More shipyard cranes against a busy sky. I would have loved to have the chance to wander around with a camera but entry is obviously restricted.
Cornish Modern Industry 6 – A final image across the docks. In the background is RFA Lyme Bay. This vessel is a Bay-class auxiliary landing ship dock of the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary. In the foreground is one of two lifeboats the RNLI operate from Falmouth, this is: Richard Cox Scott, a 17-metre (56 ft) Severn Class all weather boat.
Modern Industry would not be complete without Imerys, they are still a major producer of China Clay in Cornwall.
Follow this link to see more images of: China Clay Pages
Cornish Modern Industry 7 – The Clay Industry in Cornwall, Littlejohns China Clay Pit
Aggregate products are an important Modern Industry, many of the companies operate from disused pits in the China Clay Area.
For more images follow the link: China Clay Pits
Cornish Modern Industry 8 – Great Wheal Prosper China Stone Quarry is operated by Goonvean Aggregates. This image is of the primary crusher unit.
Cornish Modern Industry 9 – A second image of Great Wheal Prosper, piles of processed aggregates can be seen around the conveyor belts.
Once known as the deepest man made pit in the world, Delabole Quarry has been operating from the 15th-century making it the oldest and largest working Slate Quarry in England. The pit employs about 40 staff and is am important part of the Cornish Modern Industry.
Cornish Modern Industry 10 – The first view of the quarry from the public viewing area.
Cornish Modern Industry 11 – It is a very impressive hole in the ground, I am not sure how deep the flooded section was, no doubt it would be drained on a regular basis.
Cornish Modern Industry 12 – The slate is cut out in a series of steps, this image illustrates very well on how the product is removed.
Cornish Modern Industry 13 – I believe they were preparing this area for dumping overburden and waste material.
This page will constantly grow and evolve as this is what is happening in Cornwall today.