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Boat Level Tunnel (United Kingdom)


The level is at the end of a small cutting and the entrance has been dug out and supported with angle iron struts. There has been silting up at this point and this causes the water to back up for the first part of the level. Just inside the entrance, the roof has been supported at some time by two short sections of brick arching. The low roof and high water at at these points means that there is only 6 inches of air space. Beyond these sections, the water becomes shallower and a number of infilled shafts are passed on the right hand side, these were for access/ventilation while the level was being driven. One of these has a large tip at surface. There is an arched passage junction but the left hand side goes nowhere and the purpose of this is unknown. Burgam Mine is marked by a small cross-cut to the left which end in stopes. On the opposite side of the level is a shaft going up for about 60ft to what appears to be a wooden staging.

Near Tankerville there is a crossroads and the right hand passage originally headed for Ovenpipe Shaft. It now ends at a roof fall but, just before this, there is a short passage to the left and a narrow shaft on the right heading upwards for about 70ft before it becomes to tight. The left hand passage at the crossroads originally led to Lewis’s Shaft but now ends in a roof fall. The main passage continues for a further 100 yards to where it is completely blocked by an infill of small diameter broken rock, tip material which has been pushed down a ventilation shaft. The water flows through the blockage but it is not known if the level is completely flooded beyond. A stope leads down to the level from Potters but the level is completely flooded. The top of Hoskins Shaft cannot be identified amongst scrub and it is not known if it is merely covered or filled. Ramsdens Shaft is open underneath a cap down to the level 420ft below but has not been fully explored yet.

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Last updated July 17th 2008 by legacyuser
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Last updated July 5th 2008 by legacyuser

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Major Mining Region

Boat Level Tunnel belongs to the Shropshire region.

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