Pocket watch taken from the scene of the Pretoria Pit Disaster of 1910

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Pocket watch taken from the scene of the Pretoria Pit Disaster of 1910 which claimed 344 lives, Lancashire's worst mines disaster. Stopped at 7.50 a.m. the watch was used to verity the time of the explosion. The watch belonged to William Davenport one

of only three survivors. The blast ripped it out of his pocket and out of a protective carrying case. Davenport survived as a result of a tub being upturned over him, giving him enough clean air to survive until rescue arrived.

Details

Category:
Coal Mining
Object Number:
Y2002.19/T0551
type:
watch
credit:
Gift of Salford Museum and Art Gallery

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