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Boring for Tin, Helston Moors, about 1910

NumberHESFM:1977.778
PlaceHelston Cornwall United Kingdom
Date1910. about
KeywordsTrades and Professions Mining Helston
PhotographerUnknown
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Miners boring for tin with a Banka drill on the Helston Moors, about 1910. Four men, E Pope, G Mitchell, A Angove and P Sawle, are standing on the platform of the drilling equipment several feet above the ground. Mr Ray, a prospector from Brazil, is standing next to them at ground level. Various pieces of equipment can be seen on the ground around them. The Banka drill allowed exploration drilling to be carried out in remote and hard to reach locations, such as jungle, moors and soft ground conditions because each part of the equipment can be hand carried by one person.