South Crofty Mine Underground 10: With metal prices rising around the world for the last few years, perhaps Cornwall will soon have another working mine. There is ongoing work at the mine to bring her back into production. Sadly it has been a long hard job, as usual the funding is an issue. Good luck to them.
I hope very much this may happen soon. Until then these photographs may convey what it was like for the brave Cousin Jack working in his natural environment. This page is a continuation of the Stoping images.
I met Cleve and his mate Dave Cunnick many times on my visits. Very often our paths would cross, I remember Cleve was so happy I left some prints in the dry for him to collect. The following set of images are of Cleve and Dave at another location.
Another location and another pair of miners using a Longhole Drilling Machine. These were very difficult to photograph due to the huge amount of water vapour the drills produced.
Sadly that is the last of the Stoping Images. The rest of the images on this page cover the development of the drive which followed the lode underground. I have many images of Miners using their drills. The principle tool was the SIG 24K Rockdrill with telescopic leg.
The next set of images on the page are of Underground Miner Paul Gallie. The location is unknown, however I was very pleased with this set. It was amazing to see a skilled miner at work.
A few notes about the Rock Drills from Neil Hodges.
We used the SIGs at Crofty. There were 3 models used, they were the 24K, 28K and 29K although the 28K was not very common. The number I believe referred to its weight in KG’s without the air leg attachment.
The 29 was a bit more meaty than the 24 so better at drilling larger diameter holes. But obviously the extra weight meant you might tire faster. The airlegs also came in two main types. A 5ft single extension or a 3ft telescopic with three sections. The 5ft was used for tunnel development headings and the telescopic for raises as it was more compact.