The Port of Hayle

aerial view of the port of Hayle

Hayle became one of the principal mineral harbours in Cornwall in the nineteenth century.

The Harbour shipped many thousands of tons of copper ore to the smelters at Swansea and Neath in south Wales and handling the coal carried by return voyage. Major engineering foundries were also established with the Harvey’s and Copperhouse works becoming world renowned for their engineering excellence. Harveys in particular manufactured some of the largest beam engines ever made and, with Copperhouse and Perran, built the 144-inch (3.6m) cylinder engines used to drain the Haarlemmermeer polder in the Netherlands.

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of B Gamble at Cornwall Council

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