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 Post subject: Parys Mountain Copper Mine (UK)
PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:47 pm 
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The copper from the mine at Parys Mountain dominated the world's markets during the 1780s, when the mine was allegedly the largest in the world. It was used to sheath the admiralty's wooden ships of war in order to prevent the growth of seaweed and barnacles and to prevent boring by worms. This increased the speed and manoeuvrability of the vessels, although it is said that Parys Mountain copper was also sold to the French for use by their fleet.

Initially ore was worked on the surface from shallow shafts, next by open-pit mining and finally underground from adits or from shafts. The ore was broken into small lumps by hand, the best ore being shipped to Lancashire or to the Lower Swansea valley in South Wales through the port of Swansea for smelting. Copper was concentrated and extracted from the remainder using kilns and furnaces on site.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 1:37 am 
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Myles,

Thanks for posting up those pictures. That is a pretty impressive operation! I love seeing the untouched control panels for the mine and an intact headframe for the mine. Pretty neat...

How far down is the water level in this mine? Is there much to explore before hitting water? This mine is probably pretty deep..

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:29 pm 
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Hi Greg,

This visit just scraped the surface of workings, still an awful lot to see.

If anyones interested take a look at this site :

http://www.parysmountain.co.uk/


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:54 pm 
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Certainly pretty neat. How is the rest of the surface equipment? Is the hoists, pumps, air compressors and all still there? Neat to see stuff like that still intact.

Also how far down is the water level?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:17 pm 
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Miner Greg wrote:
Certainly pretty neat. How is the rest of the surface equipment? Is the hoists, pumps, air compressors and all still there? Neat to see stuff like that still intact.

Also how far down is the water level?

Miner Greg


The head gear and winding house are very recent and are located away from the underground copper mines. On the photos you can see the "snotties" hanging down, these are the last workings to be drained and they are about 100 foot below ground.


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