Shaft Diver – Penybont Colliery 1865

Shaft Diver – Penybont Colliery 1865

Shaft Diver at the Penybont Tillery Colliery.
The following is a report from an engineering item written by Mr T. Dyne Steel, M.E. part owner of the Penybont Tillery Colliery in the 1860’s.

The Devonshire Journal.
This article is from the Devonshire Journal, dated December 1865, it states that Mr T. Dyne Steel has employed a Shaft Diver at the Penybont Tillery Colliery, Abertillery to dive into flooded shafts and fix the underwater pumps “on site”. The diver employed is Mr John Zeale.

Mr Zeale also worked for the Newport Docks Company, he is as brave as a lion and works underwater fixing and repairing pipes and pumps in complete darkness as fast and efficient as any surface fitter in a workshop. Mr John Zeale was from Croyde, North Devon and is also now employed at many of the Abertillery pits when needed.

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