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Report - Hydraulic Tower - 25th November 07

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by northcave, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. northcave

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    The hydraulic tower was built in around 1852-55. Built from granite blocks, the octagonal tower housed a large accumulator, designed to store water under pressure. This water was then used to supply hydraulic power to capstans, lifting machinery and presses around the dock. The tower was adjoined by a pump house, built from brick with a tall chimney. Here a stationary steam engine powered a pump to keep the accumulator charged. Today the pump house is little more than a ruin, although the accumulator tower remains virtually intact. [Source: level-two.co.uk]

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    Not a huge amount to say that the photos can't really. There are plenty of other reports on this place so if you're interested search for "hydraulic" to get some more angles of the place. It was getting dark when I left so got cut short really. I'll try and make the pics like a timeline of going through the explore.

    That didn't stop me from reaching the summit though! Through every bit of pigeon shit no less.

    Advice for others. Take a torch. Be careful of the steps, some are broken and rotten, as are some of the floor boards.

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    #1 northcave, Nov 26, 2007
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