First up, the Factory I guncotton plant – These beaters were used to chop up the nitrocellulose slurry:
Next the vat houses, where the nitrocellulose was steeped:
This one cracked me up – the poster says, very faintly, “ROF Bishopton Fire Instructions”
Then the dipping tubs, where cotton fibres were soaked in acid:
Next pulping and blending:
Now onto the neighbouring nitrocellulose plant – nitrocellulose is very similar to guncotton, just made with paper cellulose instead of cotton cellulose.
Now onto nitroglycerine manufacture.
The most dangerous place in the factory – the nitroglycerine nitration building. These blew up without warning on several occasions.
Now the ball powder section.
Now the cordite presses:
Finally, the drum blenders…