Sunday, March 24, 2013

10 inch suction dredge and recovery barge for Diamonds

10 inch suction dredge and recovery barge for Diamonds
10 inch suction dredge and recovery barge for Diamonds

I am standing alongside our Diamond recovery dredge and recovery barge I designed and built in country including the Pan american style Jig.

As you can see the barge was built using local material and labor. Even though there was language barriers, my work went smoothly and very efficiently.

The old shop dirt floor and antique equipment was more than adequate for completing our project. Even the flotation sections were bent by sledgehammer, unbelievable!!!!

The innovation and skill that the young men had working for me was really a great experience.
The 10 inch dredge my buddy Dave McCracken designed and had built in Happy Camp California. It is a first of a kind and it worked well.

To just have a sluice box recovery for Diamonds you are probably going to have major losses. Being able to screen the gravel on the suction dredge and use a hydraulic gravel pump to send the 1" minus to the Jig worked great. We went on to do a Movie for animal planet using this dredge. You can view it on my website.