a heavy recovery of a new Cat 631 scaper that got swallowed up by a muddy tailings pond burried in 80 feet in mud and silt. Lots of big Cats and holmes 750 wreckers recovered the unit with help from a very brave set of divers. Filmed in Princeton, BC Canada, about September 1969. Many people said it couldn’t be done, and just bury the machine, but then someone suggested calling Quirings from Aldergrove and the rest is history! My grampa gave me this film and a few others just three short months before he passed on. The mine budgeted 14 days as the break even point of “recover it or bury it” on the morning of the 12th day #114 returned from it’s watery grave.

  1. Jeff Merwood
    4:16 pm on May 24th, 2012

    Great watch, as someone who was born in September 69 I love seeing this sort of machinery!

  2. marcat8
    11:45 pm on June 30th, 2012

    [..YouTube..] always got to be a jackass in the room

  3. marcat8
    11:45 pm on June 30th, 2012

    always got to be a jackass in the room

  4. labyonnette
    1:32 pm on July 28th, 2012

    Magic, my thanks to your grandad for saving this and to you for sharing it with us. Without the story behind it it would not have meant as much as it does. Your choice of Telegraph road by Dire Straits was outstanding

  5. dutyhole1734
    7:01 pm on August 14th, 2012

    INCREDABLE !

  6. jozzie2000
    1:32 pm on August 28th, 2012

    Start watching about 9:20

  7. mojostevo
    8:01 pm on August 28th, 2012

    Can’t go wrong with Dire Straits.

  8. mattm1495
    4:41 pm on December 4th, 2012

    thank you for sharing a great peice of history

  9. jix177
    5:37 pm on December 8th, 2012

    Well done for a story well told – and well done to your late grandad for the recovery! RIP.

  10. grandprismatic
    12:19 pm on December 12th, 2012

    Thanks, that was an awesome video. You Grandpa was a tough o’l guy and may he R.I.P.


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