We eventually came to the mine and spent the next two hours going through the old buildings which are still as they were when the mine was working as late as 1990.
Wet, narrow, dark and cold these men and boys carried loads of rock with the iron ore to be extracted out. They drilled holes by hand.......usually tacking 2 men 6 hours to bang the holes which they then exploded with dynamite. The dynamite was pushed into goose quills which were joined until about 4 yards long. They used a candle to light the end.....fuse.....then had to run around a corner to evade being hurt by flying rock. Most miners went deaf from the noise in time. Gradually machinery was built to ease the hard labour. But it would still be a hard job.
They had to walk in, carrying all kinds of equipment, so a heavy load often had to be carried miles into the mine shaft.....much of which is actually under the sea. They don’t know just how many miles of mine shafts there are here. It is too deep to search.