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Posts by The Fresh Prince of Portreath

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Topic: Deep shaft required
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/08/2019 11:14:04   Subject: Deep shaft required
Billingham Anhydrite Mine?
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 13/08/2019 07:57:23   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
I think it's time I had a new RF. Something to melt people with.

Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 12/08/2019 19:23:18   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
Not sure what other people think. I have my old Trigon and a 1500 Scurion.

Whilst the scurion is a great lamp, the spot is too hot. The trigon is absolutely spot on. If you take pics with
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/08/2019 10:28:28   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
I'd get some chalcopyrite and try and thermite it. See if Cliff has some still and play with it. Tin is quite straightforward
Topic: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/08/2019 23:33:00   Subject: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
LOTS OF FUNDING REQUIRED.

See every other mining operation in the UK
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 07/08/2019 17:26:30   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
Or you could go totally out of the box and thermite it.
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 06/08/2019 23:02:43   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
I did a bit of work a while ago for Tolgus Tin. The idea was to use the processing mill to get some white tin. We had a load of stuff, some heavy sands and a load of unmilled ore from Wheal Concord. C
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 06/08/2019 13:57:30   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
Copper is a bit of a pain as Chalcopyrite has got iron in it. You could go for chalcocite/etc, but it's difficult to find. Basically, you need to calcine it then enrich it, then convert it. It's a big
Topic: Access issues
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/07/2019 09:30:17   Subject: Access issues
Greedy strips are disgraceful.

However, this is what conveyancing searches are for.
Topic: Access issues
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/07/2019 16:20:47   Subject: Access issues
I have a feeling that the MRO in anyone's deeds reserves right to any opening, or to dig whatever they like when and where they like.

The surface owners have little to do with it, if the m
Topic: permission
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 20/07/2019 14:49:00   Subject: permission
Ian is a reasonable bloke. He's probably worth tapping for information as well.
Topic: Lumens - its in front of you!
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 02/07/2019 09:17:08   Subject: Lumens - its in front of you!
I'd like a ridiculous hand torch for the purpose of general flood lighting without breaking the bank totally.

Any ideas which are half decent Roy. Japcrap.
Topic: TELEVISION COMPANY LOOKING FOR EXPLORERS
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/06/2019 11:21:06   Subject: TELEVISION COMPANY LOOKING FOR EXPLORERS
They definitely need the CBC with the charismatic and good looking Mr Moret.
Topic: Mine Shaft in garden
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/06/2019 10:33:27   Subject: Mine Shaft in garden
I deal with this sort of thing for metalliferous mines. Coal is a different ballgame and comes under the Coal Authority.

A mining search (conveyancing process) will highlight the shaft if
Topic: Loe Pool Helston. early 20th century postcards.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 22/06/2019 10:55:02   Subject: Loe Pool Helston. early 20th century postcards.
The Cunnack Manuscript (book) is quite the resource for Wheal Pool. There's quite a good sketch map within it.
Topic: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/06/2019 10:45:01   Subject: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
A load of people wanted to get together and give the place a clear up, as the council spent quite a lot of money making it "nice" and post-gypo, they've just left it.

When it came to annou
Topic: Wheal Grenville - Fortescue's shaft 1976
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/06/2019 09:57:06   Subject: Wheal Grenville - Fortescue's shaft 1976
Water and where it comes from is an interesting topic.

Boreholes in killas (sediments) produce quite brackish stuff and the water quality from granite is usually beautiful stuff. Filth der
Topic: Digital Altimeters?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 14/06/2019 16:55:40   Subject: Digital Altimeters?
A laser level is a great idea with a staff. You'd get it very bang on every time.
Topic: Digital Altimeters?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 14/06/2019 15:45:22   Subject: Digital Altimeters?
Simple, get 2 of them. P1 and P2. dP is your depth. (proportional to).

Put P1 on the surface to give your baseline at fixed altitude then the variability of P2 is what you are experiencing
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/06/2019 17:32:09   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
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It's a funny one, because quite a lot of explorers include some pretty experienced industry professionals. (Outside of coal down her
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/06/2019 10:27:32   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
It's quite a good job that health and safety hysteria has been superseded by safeguarding hysteria. It's less of a case that the crack in that mug could harbour a whole host of bacteria which could ca
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/06/2019 14:00:47   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
Yes, this was a request for stories. I do see coal as a sort of impossible frontier for exploration. I'm very interested in the geology and that coupled with the relics/fittings makes it fascinating.
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/06/2019 08:09:41   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
Interesting stuff folks. Thanks.

Talking of the dead bird anecdote, I was within a shaft hedge (with clwyd cap over the open shaft) and couldn't light my davy lamp. The lighter lit though
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/06/2019 17:02:41   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
Interesting stuff. Presumably the problems were bought on by CO.

The water was down in Old Wheal Jane once and we got a long way into an area of stoping usually flooded. When we were climb
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/06/2019 10:51:50   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
I always found coal fascinating, but down here in Cornwall, we are limited to the bit of "floaty" drill cuttings and the odd lens here and there, rather than whacking great commercial seams.

Topic: Radon
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/05/2019 17:07:15   Subject: Radon
Do you have a link to the document, or a PDF you could email. I'm very interested and I'd like to "mark it" or learn myself.
Topic: South Crofty
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/05/2019 08:14:35   Subject: South Crofty
They're looking for funding and they'll say whatever the current fashion is to get it.

There is a lot of government money coming to "get cornwall mining again" in the pipes, I gather. We'l
Topic: South Crofty
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/05/2019 09:31:04   Subject: South Crofty
Lots of exciting things happening at Crofty. Some very serious work being done and they really are doing stuff. They may be a bit behind with things, but read their announcements.

Anyone w
Topic: Clijah & Wentworth
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/05/2019 19:45:41   Subject: Clijah & Wentworth
Cormac doing the job. So it will be about 10x more expensive than anyone else and they probably won't do the job properly either.

Bloody cretins.
Topic: Wheal Wray (photo)
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/05/2019 17:30:10   Subject: Wheal Wray (photo)
Looking at the plans, Engine Shaft is the nearest thing (but not mega near) the road. But I suppose it could have been widened.

Adit is shortish and straightish. No stoping shown.
Topic: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 11/04/2019 13:24:09   Subject: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
The interwebs has changed exploration forever, much as it has changed everything.

We need to shape it's direction, rather than harking back to the razzle-in-the-hedge days.

Whe
Topic: Exporting latitude longitude data of mines
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 29/03/2019 11:33:30   Subject: Exporting latitude longitude data of mines
Mindat is more impressive from a database point of view. Jolyon is the chap you need to contact.
Topic: Why do you like the underground (in Cornwall/Devon)?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 29/03/2019 09:35:36   Subject: Why do you like the underground (in Cornwall/Devon)?

Age: 42

Gender:Chap

Occupation: Old mining stuff, generally relating to holes, but sometimes the nasties that came out of holes.

How long have you been explorin
Topic: A talk by Dr. Keith Russ.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 16/03/2019 09:55:59   Subject: A talk by Dr. Keith Russ.
Is Keith bringing, or is there a half decent screen?

I remember first seeing this at Tremough and Keith did a run down of the material used to put his thing together and it was very intere
Topic: Weardie Beardies - Cornwall's Mining Oddball Meetup
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 12/03/2019 00:11:48   Subject: Weardie Beardies - Cornwall's Mining Oddball Meetup
It was pretty well turned out. It was a shame that Mark put it out under the CBC banner, because that's like the Jimmy Savile to many people.

I'd like to make it a general open to everyone
Topic: Cornish Mining Items Auction
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/03/2019 11:10:34   Subject: Cornish Mining Items Auction
Cornwall Auctions is where you go to get top top top money.

It's a brilliant place.

The report on Teague's Openwork would be interesting. I imagine it will go utterly silly. I
Topic: Tremar Mine
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/03/2019 11:13:26   Subject: Tremar Mine
Hamilton Jenkin Maps may pinpoint it possibly.

Brooke says "It was said to have the same lodes as Trethevy Copper Mine" and "The mine adjoined south caradon"

They erected the 40
Topic: Wheal Sophia Copper Mine (mine)
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 25/02/2019 20:59:48   Subject: Wheal Sophia Copper Mine (mine)
I've just had a look at the Brooke Index for those parishes and there is no such record. However, Brooke does get his parish boundaries exactly right. Nearby is not good enough

A county par
Topic: Historic photo archive
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/02/2019 12:03:33   Subject: Historic photo archive
I saw a picture of Consols/Carharrack which I believe to be in the cambridge 1946 archive. It is so good you wouldn't believe it. Engine houses at United Downs, etc.

Sadly, the images are
Topic: Cornish Gold Centre and Tolgus Tin
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 14/12/2018 20:58:45   Subject: Cornish Gold Centre and Tolgus Tin
Graham was there for a while and did a load of work and got quite a bit of the stuff working. I got drafted in to "make some tin for the jewelry" and got a load of concord ore (from their waste pile)
Topic: Number of working underground mines in the UK
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/12/2018 10:15:37   Subject: Number of working underground mines in the UK
The Geevor Adit worked for years with a nut and bolt keeping the wittle childwen out. Due to it being an active mine, it now has more chains on it than Mr T.

However, the local caving club
Topic: Number of working underground mines in the UK
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/12/2018 00:09:18   Subject: Number of working underground mines in the UK
Then a working mine like geevor wouldn't allow the local caving club up it's adit and when they made it very very secure like they have to, the local caving club wouldn't have keys and treat it like t
Topic: Number of working underground mines in the UK
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2018 15:45:00   Subject: Number of working underground mines in the UK
You'd be better off stating the number of share pumping schemes.

Topic: Worlds daftest torch?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 10/12/2018 11:30:15   Subject: Worlds daftest torch?
Roy Fellows goes full beatles-fan over a torch.

I am all ears. Where's my wallet.
Topic: Farming in mines
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/12/2018 11:11:48   Subject: Farming in mines
Let's face it. These days it's all about having a semi-plausible idea, then getting a load of funding from everywhere and diverting it into adventurers pockets. It's the new capitalism.

Co
Topic: Cligga Head mine top level Portal
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/12/2018 16:33:30   Subject: Cligga Head mine top level Portal
The entrance is wet (think over wellies) and there are some very deep holes up there. Be careful. Some of the old mens workings are lethal. Approach with care.
Topic: Oxygen meter contamination
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 03/12/2018 16:32:27   Subject: Oxygen meter contamination
Bearing in mind the oxygen sensor uses some chemical magic to produce a potential and that is amplified and converted into a reading, there are a number of possibilities.

1. The sensor is
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 15/11/2018 10:54:44   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
I will send it in at some point. I'm juggling lots of stuff at the moment (money wise) - aka scraping.

When you were looking at winding up the big bat cookers, I thought, "I'd better have
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 14/11/2018 20:48:56   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
I see a lot of RF lamps out there.

I have been using my Scurion 1500 a lot, enough to consider the spot a bit more.

It's too spotty. You have a number of intensities which you
Topic: Anything interesting around Dartmoor?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/11/2018 15:19:49   Subject: Anything interesting around Dartmoor?
Given it's usually mineral collectors upsetting cavers, it's worthy of noting the best way of chonking a padlock off is with a pair of estwing picks!
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