Levant Mine is part of Cornwall and West Devon's World Heritage Site; it is the only Cornish mine engine in the world that still runs on steam.
We needed a local company who could understand what we were trying to achieve, manufacture a part to our particular specification and carry out the testing necessary for high pressure steam. Penzance Dry Dock provided an excellent service, they were very quick to respond to our initial enquiry, and maintained a high level of communication throughout the job.
Anthony Power, Custodian of Levant Mine.
Levant is one of Cornwall’s most celebrated historic mines- the site has been owned by the National Trust since the 1960’s and open to visitors since 1993.
One of the principal attractions of the site is the 1840 steam winding engine – the oldest Cornish mine engine still in existence. In the 1980s this engine was restored by a group of volunteers, and since 1993, has operated under steam.
In January 2015 the Penzance Dry Dock team worked with the National Trust to replace a section of the steam inlet pipe to the Beam Engine at Levant Mine. It was a requirement of the annual service and inspection that this piece of pipework be replaced as the original was badly corroded. It was a challenging project as the majority of the work was fabricating and fitting a new piece of pipework onto a 175-year-old engine.
The Dry Dock offers a 365 day a year service with a dedicated docking berth for vessels, a drying-out berth and a range of workshops, including areas for fabrication, fitting, electrical work and carpentry.
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