Britannia Beach Mining and Smelting Company

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Britannia Beach Mining and Smelting Company

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Copper mining activities began at Britannia Beach, B.C., in 1898 under the auspices of the Britannia Syndicate. In 1908 control of the property passed to the Howe Sound Company of New York which operated the mine as a wholly-owned subsidiary, Britannia Beach Mining and Smelting Company Ltd. The scale of operations expanded until, in the late 1920s, the mine produced the largest copper output in the British Empire. The company's property was eventually sold to Anaconda Copper. Mining operations finally ceased at Britannia Beach in 1974.


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