A short diversion before we continue with the tale of Captain Matthew Grose and his sons, (the Cornish Mine Agents in the Isle of Man).
Anyone with a deeper interest in the history of mining and engineers in Cornwall, should follow the fantastic NAVSBOOKS blog.
“Navsbooks is the blog and website of the author and publisher John Manley, who produces books on maps, navigation and Cornish history.”
ISLE OF MAN
Interestingly it seems that all of these had links of some sort to the Isle of Man.
We’ve already seen how Samuel Grose (“the most scientific engineer in Cornwall”) was the first cousin of Matthew Grose (1788-1849), who moved to the Isle of Man. Also how John Taylor intervened when the Isle of Man Mining company dramatically dismissed Matthew Grose.
But what about William West?
A newspaper article from 1851, in the Manx Sun, describes how the Tynwald Mining Company (operating in Marown, Isle of Man) imported…
“a splendid engine”
“erected under the direction of Mr. William West of Cornwall which works admirably and fully to the satisfaction of all concerned.”
Manx Sun, Saturday, August 30, 1851, Courtesy of Manx National Heritage
Yet again we see the close ties between mining and engineering in the Isle of Man and Cornwall.