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  1. Little bit of history first :- Port Mulgrave owes it"s existence purely to the Ironstone industry. Created at a cost of £45,000 circa1852 by Sir Charles Palmer who needed a way of transporting his Ironstone from port Mulgrave to the blast funaces & Ironworks in Jarrow (owned by himself & his brother George) Originally it was named Far Rosedale, but to avoid confusion with the existing Rosedale Ironworks in North yorks moors he renamed it port Mulgrave in honour of the Earl of mulgrave a local prominent landowner. Tunneling began circa 1854 and the ironstone was extracted directly from the surrounding cliffside being loaded onto ships via wooden jetty"s with a narrow gauge line of 3ft above and below for direct loading into the hulls of the boats. By the 1870"s Port Mulgraves depleted Ironstone production was replaced with more productive seams found 3 miles away in Grinkle Park and as the only means of transporting the Ironstone was still via the sea the Port Mulgrave tunnel was extended a further mile through to Dalehouse & futher additions through the valley incorporating 3 wooden viaducts & a futher tunnel under Ridge Lane to the newly formed Grinkle Mine. Port Mulgrave harbour continued transporting the Ironstone until 1917 when a rail link to the Whitby to Middlesborough main line was connected, mainly due to the new maritime risk to ships due to WW1. A fire severely damaged the jetty"s which was repaired but the now basically unused harbour was finally blown up by the Royal Engineers in WW2 in case those pesky Nazi"s tried to use it. Now, i cannot stress this enough, the Port Mulgrave tunnel system & drift mine is "DEADLY" to say the least. It has multiple roof collapses along it"s length, with the first one almost immediately inside the main tunnel portal, never mind the following collapses along it and the fact as you climb up into what is basically the roof void, the remaining roof structure is still collapsing, even without help from being knocked by a camera mounted on a tripod. it really is that fragile. i had to push very large rock sections that were hanging precariously out of the roof to get them to fall controlled rather than risk them falling onto me as i slid underneath them, and this was at both blockages. As you will see in the pics water flows from the left hand tunnel, which was the Ironstone drift part into the Tramway tunnel, through deep ochre & water along with it"s own multiple collapses as far as you can see or risk to venture. The water /ochre from the drift side is pretty deep inside the tramway tunnel, this appeared to be due to a small roof collapse into a side audit which looks like part of a side drift coming off the tunnel itself. I decided for some reason to waste valuable time etc removing large rock sections & cleaning the audit entrance to allow the water to drain into the drift (as of leaving the water level had dropped @4") although this still required waders to proceed to the 2nd tunnel roof collapse. Longer story short, as there"s no recent reports from here (TBH i"ve not found anything past the first flooded section) it was always going to be possibly high on the risk factor, especially solo, & even allowing for a recce i made the the week before & discussions with Stranton regarding the "AIR" issues & possible cave ins i returned solo like a complete "W@nker"!! Totally Ignoring the conversation we"d had about me finding some dead explorers inside Note that the first section is fine & dandy if you don"t mind crap air & possible roof collapses along with associated slips & falls into orange & black mud. I had to walk down the rail lines due to the depth of water, it should be fine in whellies by now after my hard work unblocking After climbing through the 2nd tunnel collapse it dries out dramatically due to the roof collapse blocking the flow. All side audits throughout have collapses completely filling them up & spalling into the tunnel. (the first one being the only one relatively clear). This also raises the obvious question of air quality, especially with no flow of air felt inside Indeed i had to remove my mask as i was having trouble breathing easily even in the first section while i was taking my pics (in both directions as i proceed, cos you never know & i just accepted the smell of damp & mud etc ( first clue you idiot o_O) after sampling the air in the 2nd section of the tunnel it seemed no different so i carried on with my picture taking including the other trackway running off to the left (as you face the sea) which was completely blocked by a major roof collapse. ( there"s a trend forming here) & i progressed to the 3rd major roof collapse. This was a little more restrictive and after climbing up & into the roof void again i was met with loose rocks & falling debris at the slightest touch. I decided to leave my camera mounted tripod on the roof pile & check out the next section without it, due to the restriction created by this roof collapse. I slid down into this section which was much the same as the last & could see another collapse in the distance to which i walked up to through a few inches of mud. The tunnel was now completely sealed by this blockage so i decided to just take a few pics on my phone rather than the farce that would be going back for my camera etc. As i went for my phone i realised i was hyperventilating, that"s weird i thought i"ve not exerted myself, i slowed my breathing down but was unable to get my breath,i immediately felt sick & wanted to void myself this is when the penny dropped and i bailed as fast as you can in a mud filled debris strewn tunnel section in complete darkness, hoping my head torch didn"t fail & i didn"t die (ironically) with my heart seemingly coming out of my chest like a pounding drum & my lungs over inflating trying to find some breathable air inside i threw myself up the first collapse grabbed the camera as threw myself back down into the 2nd section hoping to find some air, especially as i"d already come through here without any problems. No exactly the same situation as the last one, by this time which seemed like forever & i honestly thought it was my time. I could see the next collapse ahead of me but i didn"t think i could make it as the pain from my chest & lungs were joined with a feeling i was drifting off. I only just managed to get up & over the collapse bringing some of the roof down on me as i did, & ended up on my knees in the flooded 1st tunnel section with hardly any strength to carry on, obviously as i"m writing this (badly) there was breathable air still in this section and i managed to somewhat regain my breathing & heatbeat down to @200BPM & after about 5 mins came out of the complex. Then for some reason instead of the long cliff walk of broken ankles i decided to climb straight up the cliff side above the tunnel portal to get to the top of the cliffs (don"t do it,it"s too dangerous especially in the wind & rain. i blame the lack of oxygen for this idiotic act, as for entering the tunnel :wanker Anyway on with the pics, in hindsight i can honestly say it was"nt worth it & the last thing i"d want is anyone to attempt this without BA & buddies. All i can think is i had used all the breathable air as i traveled through the tunnel system ? I"ll do this is two parts with the drift mine side being the first & follow it with the O2 free tunnel afterwards. I won"t apologise for the picture heavy post, but i do apologise for the ramblings above, except the "WARNINGS" Below is an original image of the wooden Jetty"s and Harbour showing the 3ft narrow gauge tracks etc Copyright image archive. http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://image-archive.org.uk/wp-content/MAX/2011_04/port-mulgrave.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.image-archive.org.uk/?cat=63&h=641&w=1000&tbnid=I1mHqZYoYPJTKM:&zoom=1&docid=hJS-dMor9gIHyM&ei=m-pTVd-5FIzXU42-gOgD&tbm=isch&ved=0CCgQMygIMAg Below is one of the Locomotives that ran from Grinkle mine through to Port Musgrave. Copyright Image archive. http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://image-archive.org.uk/wp-content/MAX/2011_04/Dale-House-to-Port-Mulgrave-tunnel.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.image-archive.org.uk/?cat=63&h=535&w=800&tbnid=5OmAxxpicdMOnM:&zoom=1&docid=hJS-dMor9gIHyM&ei=m-pTVd-5FIzXU42-gOgD&tbm=isch&ved=0CCQQMygEMAQ Below a copy of the information panel on the cliff top at Port Mulgrave showing the original set up, the Tunnel portal can be seen with the rails running over the Jetty, and the spur tunnel running underneath this one. Thanks to Phils link, more so as he"s been an inspiration regarding tunnels & the fact it was raining so didn"t get a clean shot of the information panal on the cliff top lol https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CAcQjRw&url=http://www.flickriver.com/photos/phill_dvsn/sets/72157605736236124/&ei=h-xTVcz4KsG8UqDvgIgE&bvm=bv.93112503,d.d24&psig=AFQjCNHAoUmgd5PSUkGbniKl6Yalgigvgg&ust=1431649246006843 Port Mulgrave Tunnel Lower level Portal Main portal Looking back t entrance Portal Looking down from first collapse down to twin Tunnel Portals.Drift on left, Tramway on right. Drift Tunnel 1 Drift Tunnel 2 Drift Tunnel 3 Drift Tunnel 4 Reverse view in Drift Tunnel 1 Reverse view in Drift Tunnel 2 Tramway Tunnel 1 Tramway Tunnel side Drift 1 Side Drift, un-blocked Tramway Tunnel 3 Tramway Tunnel 4 Tramway tunnel first roof collapse Looking down from the roof collapse 2nd section Tramway Tunnel Continuing down the Tunnel Looking towards roof collapse No 2 2nd roof collapse Reverse Tramway Tunnel Twin Tunnels. Lower Tramway Tunnel on left Back into 1st section
  2. First post on here so here goes; While working away last week over in Ellesmere Port near Liverpool i found myself bored and stuck on my own in a hotel, so after a quick google search which gave me nothing but derp or demolished buildings, i decided on the good old method of getting out on foot and going for a walk around and quickly found this baby. After squeezing through a crazy small gap and avoiding truckers i found myself in a game of cat and mouse with the Liverpool Port Authority who were patrolling the Liverpool - Manchester Canal - Great fun. The climb up was pretty much uninterupted aside from the odd pigeon, however once on the top with the tripod out i was spotted by the Port Authority who quickly started to make their way over to me. However in a truly ninja fashion i scaled back down the tower and followed the famous D's of dodgeball to get away (Dodge, dip, dive and dodge) back through the squeeze and out into the freedom. Hope you like this and i hope to post more soon!
  3. Hopefully the first of many explores over here, not as good as i was expecting but still a nice little wander. Did this before moving on to Milner's Tower which was pretty dull tbh but if any of the pics from that turn out alright will get a report of that up as well. Couldn't find much history on the place and the locals round Port Erin aren't too friendly so not asking them. Found this from a local paper, some guy kicking off about it being an eyesore, which is a bit of a joke since you can hardly even seee the place unless you know it's there. "THE former swimming baths at Traie Meanagh in Port Erin is a 'significant blemish' and should be camouflaged to make it less of an eyesore, local resident Charles Faragher has said. Mr Faragher wrote to Port Erin Commissioners in view of the refurbishment of Bradda Glen cafe (which is being transferred from the local authority to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry). 'As we all know, the views from Bradda Glen constitute a big part of its unique appeal, however, the beautiful panorama has one very significant blemish,' wrote Mr Faragher. 'In full view of the glen is the eyesore of the derelict and abandoned swimming baths, which must have drawn tens of thousands of detrimental comments over the years.' He added: 'Commercial viability has eluded all who have ventured there. However, the legacy of monies invested over the years is a concrete structure whose great ugliness is matched only by its great robustness which makes it capable of defying the elements for many generations to come.' He said: 'If it cannot be removed, it should at least be disguised.' He asked the local authority to ask for specialist advice on a painting scheme. The local authority has battled since 1990 to get action taken to tidy up the site. The former swimming pool, owned by the commissioners, was leased to Clearwater International Aquaculture, who ran it as a fish farm and then bought it. It then sold it to Chattens Ltd, owned by Steve Bradshaw. At one stage, Mr Bradshaw had plans to create an extreme sports centre at the site. The local authority's prompting has resulted in the Department of Local Government and the Environment's environmental health unit to make several trips to the site — the latest was in 2008. Some work was done to tidy it up. At last week's commissioners' meeting, Jean-Pierre Depin said it was not the commissioners' property and they should pass the letter on to owner Mr Bradshaw. But Phil Crellin said they should ask environmental health officers to look at it again. Clerk Mike Kewley explained a notice was served nine years ago on Mr Bradshaw, he appealed and won his case and the local authority has been 'stymied ever since'. 'It has gone down hill,' said Mr Crellin. 'It does look awful. It would be lovely to think we could have an outdoor use swimming pool, but those days are gone, it's about time we grasped the nettle. It's an eyesore, it's a millstone round his neck and Port Erin's.' Mr Crellin proposed the commissioners write to environmental health and reply informing Mr Faragher of their action. He was seconded by Anne Kelly. Speaking to the Examiner following the meeting, Mr Bradshaw said a project to breathe new life into the former swimming pool is on the drawing board. 'There is a strategic review by somebody going on at the moment,' he said. 'There is some activity. A firm is looking at something regarding the site. 'It has got to be commercial. We are looking to work with a very reputable environmental agency from Finland.'" Didn't really fancy a dip
  4. Well we were very disappointed with this mine due to not having our 4gas meter..... all i will say is if you go in FFS take a meter 30 yards in we could not breath hardly and that was just walking, the mine had NO air flow at all..... time for the pics first the beach with the fossils within the mine next time we go it will be with a meter and i hope better air..... if you go in please be careful ....death awaits !...
  5. Slightly NSFW at 2.45 till 3.10 This was a great location in Melbourne that is to become a café. It was the observation tower for the Melbourne ports that became obsolete when they built a new bridge right next to it that blocked the view. The clip is TOTALLY adlib - it's not me in it Let me know if it’s blocked in your area. I might chuck it on Vimeo.

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