There were six mines on the island - four of them extended miles under the sea floor and the other two were underground, breaking out at the shoreline. Unfortunately, all mining in Bell Island ceased in 1966 because it was no longer profitable. Although, according to our tour guide, there are almost 4 billion tons of iron ore remaining on the island, but it is not economically feasible to extract.
We went to the No. 2 mine, which is the only one open to the public. The No. 2 mine extends under the sea floor and it was open from 1902 until 1949. Our tour took us 650 ft down into the mine, but that's as far down as you can go because groundwater has seeped in up to that point, and it hasn't been pumped out since 1966. The mine is sloped downwards at a 10 degree angle and 40% of the iron ore and rock in the mine was not extracted as it is used to hold up the mine itself - there are no other supports. When the mine go under the sea floor, 60% is left for support.
Walking around the mines, you can't really see how red the iron ore actually is and it just looks kind of grey, like in the first picture. But this is what it looks like when you put on the camera flash. Note the colour difference between the gravel path and the walls.
The second picture is of the horse stalls in the mine.
That concluded our Something Saturday, and here are a few more pictures from our time on Bell Island: