Levant Mine, Cornwall
On October 29,1919 the “Man Engine” by now the last one working in Cornwall, suffered a structural failure caused by metal fatigue when the link between the engine and rod failed – this resulted in the deaths of 31 men.
Levant Mine closed in 1930.
By the 1960s the adjacent Geevor Mine was seeing new reserves and began a project to pump clear the sea water which had entered the Levant mine workings following closure. This involved sealing a breach on the “Forty Backs”.
This work to facilitate the reworking of Levant involved installing a new head gear, electric winder and ventilation fan at Skip Shaft. The main access to Levant was made via Geevor Mine’s Victory Shaft, however, the ventilation equipment and headgear at Levant Mine was maintained until the closure of Geevor Mine in 1990.
Today the buildings are in the care of the National Trust and beam winding (whim) engine is steamed on a regular basis and demonstrated to visitors.