2010: Quincy Mine Dredge #2

 

In the hay day of copper mining in the Keweenaw, Copper was mined from the rocks with the use of stamp mills. The stamp mills would crush the brittle rock leaving the copper behind. The trailings (or stamp sands) left over from the mining were just dumped into the lake. As stamping technologies improved, these trailings could be pumped out of he lake and stamped further to yield more copper – missed out initially. In 1913, the Boston based Calumet and Hecla Mining Company built the C&H Dredge #1 and used it at their Lake Linden Reclamation Plant. It could process over 10,000 tons of sand per day. Its 141′ suction pipe could work 115 feet below water.

This was later sold to the Quincy Mining Company in 1951, and became known as the Quincy Dredge #2. This proved to be a pretty good decision as Quincy Dredge #1 sank in a winter storm in January 1956. Quincy Dredge #2 was used at the Mason reclamation facility until 1967. It has been nearly four decades since this dredge was retired but it sure untiringly serves as a cannot be missed attraction on Torch Lake shores along M26.

EXIF and other information

Archive ID n21_107-9479
Date and Time 2010-04-10 10:13:43
GPS Date and Time Image does not include relevant information
GPS Location 47.14505 N, -88.45922 E, 625 ft (Goolgle Map: Pin | Directions)
Camera Nikon D200
Lens AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED
Focal Length 19.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28.0 mm)
Mode Aperture-priority AE
Shutter Speed 1/40 second(s)
Aperture f/11.0
ISO 200
Exposure Bias 0
Flash No
Filters None
Light Value 11.2
Hyperfocal Distance 1.61 m
Focus Distance 2.82 m
Depth of Field inf (1.03 m - inf)
Field of View 65.1 deg (3.60 m)
Tripod
Yes
Notes/Remarks ±2 stop and HDR using Photomatix Pro

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