Wheal Jane Group

Historic ingots to go on display at Wheal Jane

Cornish tin ingotDespite many changes of management and location, the Wheal Jane Group is pleased to have been able to preserve an interesting collection of metal ingots, most of them historic but also one or two modern, and it is hoped that at some time in the near future this collection will be on display in the Company’s new reception area at Wheal Jane. The ingots include various 28lb and 56lb tin ingots recovered from wrecks around our coasts, including the SS Liverpool which sank in 1863, the Carn Brea Castle which sank in 1829, and the ingot pictured which was salvaged from the wreck of the SS Cheerful which sank off St Ives in 1885.

The sinking was the result of a collision with HMS Hecla eighteen miles N/NW of St Ives on July 20th of that year. Ingots salvaged from the wreck can be identified from their hotmarks stamped into them during the final pouring at the smelting works, and among the ingots recovered are examples from various Cornish smelting works. The example pictured, which interestingly was particularly encrusted with sea life but which has cleaned up beautifully, originates from L.C. Daubuz Smelting Works at Carvedras in Truro which was sited underneath the railway viaduct arches and is still industrial workshops today. The hotmarks are particularly clear on this fine example of a 28lb ingot of the period.

The Wheal Jane Group’s collection also consists of a single copper battery plate salvaged from the wreck of the Carn Brea Castle which sank in 1829, and a small 400g tin ingot produced and refined entirely at Wheal Jane during 2012 which formed part of a batch of tin provided for incorporation into the Olympic bronze medals for the 2012 London Games.

4th February 2015


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