© Northern Mine Research Society | Registered Charity Number - 326704. Please log in to add to WorkSpaces. The following account of the Knockshinnoch Disaster is taken from the informal investigation ‘Accident at Knockshinnoch Castle Colliery Ayrshire’ by Sir Andrew Bryan, H.M Chief Inspector of Mines. He said: To them, and to others who took an active part but are not mentioned, I offer my most sincere admiration and thanks. The West Mine area was about a mile and half from the shafts and it was served by an endless rope haulage near its inbye end which passed along a drift known as Connor’s Dook and then be another endless rope haulage which extended into the Nine Feet Seam. Inrush of a large quantity of waterlogged peat moss drowned the colliery. February 1958. A telephone line to the surface remained intact, allowing the trapped miners to provide details of their location to their rescuers. Category: Ayrshire, Scotland Mining Disasters. VLVAOQ0UBVYGILSZS11XLB1VE7Q9-AYRSHIRE-MINING-DISASTER, Things You May Not Have Known About The Oscars, Selected Originals - Mine Disaster Traps 260 Aka Mine Disaster. Register now, Survivors are brought out of an Ayrshire mine and deceased are mourned, ENGLAND: Ayrshire: in the Council Chamber of the County Buildings, Ayr from the 5th to 11th. The disaster was an international media event and one of the worst disasters in Scotland’s mining history, yet somehow 116 men were rescued on the third day in one of the most remarkable rescues ever attempted.
The inrush occurred at the point where the No. The seam here was 9 feet 6 inches thick. Methane explosion in a non gassy mine where the men were allowed to smoke. Auchengarvie Colliery, Ayr, 1895
A total of 87 sets of Siebe Gorman Salvus oxygen rebreathers (mainly from fire stations) were used to get the men out. Mr. Turner was ill when the disaster occurred and had been off work for some time previously so from December 6th 1957, Mr. A. Harley, Manager of the Douglas castle Colliery in the same group had acted as manager. They returned at midnight and reported that they had found 16 bodies but no signs of life. As the men remained trapped underground, rescue teams began to try and reach them before they were engulfed by the encroaching sludge or they were overcome by the rapidly deteriorating air quality and gas.
This trapped more than one hundred miners underground for several days and tragically, 13 people died as rescue teams worked tirelessly to reach the trapped workers. 2 Dook. 467. Coal production was in the region of 4.5–5000 tons per week. Inspector and at a later stage, Mr. W. Widdas, H.M. Divisional Inspector. Germany. The colliery was in the East Ayr Area of the Scottish Division of the National Coal Board. UK Mining Disasters 1820 - 39. Brady retraced his steps to the Six Feet regulator where he met the rescue brigade men and did what he could to help them. Background: Survivors are brought out of an Ayrshire mine and deceased are mourned. Meanwhile, David and Joe Casagranda had gone inbye to see what they could do, John Dempster, shotfirer in the No. The main ventilating current passed down the Companion Dook, through Casagranda’s Level and up the No.2 Dook. REFERENCES Information about disasters within the UK mining industry durng which 5 or more miners died. this recording is quite poor quality, but historically priceless. Except for the north-west extension of Casagranda’s Level when the rescue team had found the bodies of two men, the inspection was made without apparatus: besides one of these men lay a box of matches. Coal mine in Carmichaels, rescue party enter lift cage prior to descending to disaster level. In the Rooms, the top 2 feet 8 inches of coal was left to and recovered, where possible, during stooping operations. Material relating to newsreel story "Mine Disaster" - 63/88. UK Mining Disasters 1800 - 19. At the time of the explosion there was a daily output of 650 tons of which 400 tons came from the West Mine area. The colliery worked the stoop and room method and coal was produced on the day and afternoon shifts with repair work being done on the night shift. 1 and 2 which were sunk about 1870 to a depth of 840 feet.
The return air from the Mine Feet Seam and the No.2 Thirty Inch Section joined the West Main Haulage road just inbye of the Six Feet Bench and that from the Six Feet Seam joined it just outbye of that point. Two screens paced across No.2 Dook a little way above the Belt Level and rejoined the main return airway at the Six Feet Bench. Knockshinnock Castle Colliery, New Cumnock, 1950 Muirkirk, Ayrshire. Alexander Brown Crawford aged 37 years, shotfirer. There was a north-west extension of Casagranda’s Level which stopped beyond No.2 Dook which was known as Wylie’s Slope. The explosion occurred during the afternoon shift on Tuesday 19th November. Dust samples were taken and all the electrical apparatus and lamps from the affected area was examined at the Safety in Mines Research Establishment but no defect likely to have caused the explosion was found. Fork lift truck fills truck in open quarry.
Background: Survivors are brought out of an Ayrshire mine and deceased are mourned.
A look at a mining process begun at ground level. Dempster tried unsuccessfully to revive him then and in spite of being greatly distressed himself, first dragged and then carried and finally threw him into a tub and pushed him as far as the airlock where he too collapsed. Not registered? 5 Heading could not be reached. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden. A glaciated lake filled with liquid peat and moss flooded pit workings trapping more than a hundred miners underground. The Inspector referred to the actions of the people who were in comparative safety when the explosion occurred yet risked their lives to do what they could to help their workmates. In pictures: Knockshinnoch Colliery mining disaster at BBC, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Knockshinnoch_disaster&oldid=970375256, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 July 2020, at 22:48. Kames had always been free from firedamp and the workings were thought to be so damp that the coal dust could not be raised as an explosive cloud, Nobody had complained about the possibility of an explosion and the workmen were allowed to smoke. Please log in to add to WorkSpaces. In the Stooping Section, Henry Casagranda thought there had been an explosion and so with Bradford and Cook, he joined Queen and Hannah in the Belt Level.
Memorials to the miners who died in the Knockshinnoch disaster. The others went to look for Brady and met him near the inbye end of the Pony Level and they all made their way to the Companion Dook.
2 Highhouse pit, in the parish of Cumnock. The inquiry into the causes and circumstances attending the explosion at the Kames Colliery, Ayrshire, on the 19th November 1957, was held by Sir Harold Roberts, C.B.E., M.C., B.Sc. It was found that there were burns on the four bodies found near the junction between No.2 Dook between Wylie’s Level and Wylie’s Fan Crosscut and on the two found in the north-west extension of Casagranda’s Level. Deputy Parker was adjusting a ventilation door about 50 yards inbye from the Nine Feet telephone. A pocket of gas ignited when a match was struck. 2 Thirty Inch and the No.1 Thirty Inch which also included the Pit Bottoms and Bell’s Mine Locomotive Road in the East Mine. British troops blowing up mines at beaches. The 1950 tragedy took place in New Cumnock when a glaciated lake filled with liquid peat and moss flooded pit workings at the mine. Locked flame safety lamps were issued to the deputies for their statutory inspections and this had been done for some time before the 1951 regulations. James Marshall, Junior, the acting overman, was in the East Mine at the time of the explosion. Tags.
Baker, H.M. District Inspector, Mr. R.J. Evans, H.M. Makin had also collapsed but all three were rescued by willing helpers. Thank you! Queen, was elderly and Cook and Hannah took him towards fresh air while Bradford and Casagranda went along the Level to try to reach the men working near the loading point. 6 died. 12 died. Rescue operation to try and save three trapped men in flooded mine. In the main roads, which were supported by steel girders, only the top 8 inches of coal was left. This stopped at a fault on 19th October. At the time of the disaster, Knockshinnoch employed approximately 700 men. The mine was ventilated by an axial flow fan on the surface at the No.1 Downcast Shaft and was designed to produce 120,000 cubic feet per minute. Four auxiliary fans in the Walker’s Fan Crosscut, Wylie’s Fan Crosscut, the Companion Dook and the Belt Level were used to ventilate the working places. 5 Heading (or Drift) was being driven towards the surface at a gradient of 1 in 2. While all this was going on underground, people at the surface had not been idle. Explosion.
6 mine workings which ran close to Knockshinnoch. A heading ran eastwards from No.2 Dook between Wylie’s Slope and Wylie’s Fan Crosscut which was stopped on 21st September and Walker’s Fan Crosscut which ran eastwards from No.2 Dook opposite Walker’s Fan Crosscut was stopped on 26th October. coal mine, coal miners, miners, rescue There was a second place running north from Walker’s Level which was known as Walker’s Rise which stopped on 2nd November. Following from that the managers must ensure full compliance with the requirements of the Act and Regulations about dust suppression and the use of incombustible dust and stone dust barriers. Limburg, Holland (The Netherlands). 70 kB . Brady and Parker both realised that something serious had happened and made their way to the Six Feet Bench. The explosives used were “Unigel Eq.S” an sometimes, in the bottom of the seam, Polar Ammon Gelignite was used. KAMES.
Inrush of water from a abandoned flooded neighbouring colliery.
Hill. After three days, the men were eventually rescued by being led through the old disused gas-filled Bank No. All 17 bodies were located and brought to the surface at 1.20 p.m. on the 20th November and taken to Ballochmyle Hospital. COAL 116 are rescued shots of operations for rescue..casualties brought up in darkness when lamps makes eerie pattern Brady and others did manage to get down the No.3 Dook and through the Belt Level and through to the No.2 Dook where they saw the bodies of J. Dalziel and A, Findaly. Portland Colliery, Ayrshire, 1900 coal mine, coal miners, miners, rescue The mine had always been a naked light mine and before the disaster there had been no reports of firedamp. Mine disaster in the Saar, Germany - the worst in history. Ayrshire ; mining; disaster; Data.
To be classified as a disaster, an accident or explosion at a mine has to claim at least ten lives. MINERS AND MINING 116 rescued from Ayrshire disaster..being brought out to waiting vives and families Please see the project page if you are interested in helping. The Knockshinnoch disaster was a mining accident that occurred in September 1950 in the village of New Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland.
6 died. The seams that were worked at the colliery in descending order were Ten Ell, Seven Feet, Thirty Inch, and Six Feet but at the time of the explosion the Ell Seam was not being worked. The only places where coal was being got were the Stooping Section, Walker’s Dip and Wylie’s Level but there were several places standing open which had been discontinued or abandoned within the previous six months and which had no means of conducting air into them. Methane explosion caused by a naked light. List of Disasters. They had travelled only 150 yards when Frew collapsed. Derailed coal trucks cause a lot of damage but luckily no one is injured. The first indication of a serious accident had occurred was received at the surface at 7.50 p.m. Mr. Harley, the acting manager, and a doctor and ambulance from Muirkirk were promptly summoned and the Rescue Station at Kilmarnock was asked to stand by for instructions.
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