The red brick building was the mine's general office. Also, It housed a communal bath for the miners. The water was said to always be pitch black. The miners worked in terribly hot and humid conditions as far as 3,600 feet (1,100 meters) below the sea bed. As is typical of mining operations, gas explosions were an ever-present danger.
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