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    Cotton powder company

    Wanted. any and all info and pics on the cotton powder company.
    If anyone can help let me know.
    Cheers, Paul.

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    Paul

    You've probably seen the Wiki pages on this site

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faversh...he_sites_today

    I leave not too far away and would be happy to photograph anything for you.

    John
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    There is reference to the CP Co on page 132 of " The Big Bang" by G I Brown ( ISBN 0 7509 37920)
    I have paraphrased it here - " In 1873 George Trench the manager of CP Co introduced Tonite a mixture of equal parts guncotton and barium nitrate. This proved a success in mining and quarrying and was safer to store and use compared to dynamites. It was used in constructing the Manchester Ship Canal 1885-94, widening the GWR 1891, and building the Severn Tunnel 1873-86. Also used in rocket distress signals, sound signals for lighthouses, and wreck clearances"

    Hope this helps
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    Another reference for you is from -
    "Nitro Explosives - A Practical Treatise" by P G Sanford (1896)"

    At page 84 a desrciption of Tonite as made by CP Co.

    At page 88 he describes "Trenchs Fire-extinguishing Compound" manufactured by CP Co at Faversham. The object of the invention to surround cartridges of Tonite when used in caol mines, with a fire extinguishing compound.
    A lengthy description follows of manufacture and testing, Also 1 line drawing.
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    And finally - there are copies of the report by Colonel V D Majendie ( and others) on the explosions at CP Co on 5th November 1882, 2nd September 1898, and 5th May 1899 available to purchase on the net.

    I also have some copies of annual reports of HM Inspectors of Explosives. A quick look at the report for 1911 details accidents at CP Co on -
    8th June - 1 fatality in the fulminate drying sheds
    15th August -a charge of Tonite ignited whilst being pressed
    29th September - fire in a guncotton boiling vat
    Same day as above - fire in cordite pressing house - (not a good day)
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    Just "carefully" opened HM Inspectors of Explosives annual report for 1879 -
    CP Co get 3 entries in the list of accidents this year -
    1st May - over 100 detonatorsfired due to a machine pressing error
    16th May - 1 man killed in the detonator pressing building when through careless action he struck a tray of detonating composition
    6th June - explosion in the Tonite pressing machine

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    any live or dug ordnance. small arms ammunition etc in my posts have been dealt with accordingly

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    You could lok at this link it gives a database of things that went bang right back to 1772. Some of the records have 'more info' but not all, when they do it usually gives the Cd or command document that was sent to House of Lords for the investigation. This is not the only source of these reports. if you have any specific incidents I may have something in my records. Hope this helps.
    I have been researching the munitions factories since 1983 and hope to publish a book soon on the British Explosives Syndicate whcih was loicated in Essex.
    http://webcommunities.hse.gov.uk/ino...objectId=55760

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    I have been collecting information/pics on The Cotton Powder Company for some years now are you still interersted?productCPCjpg.jpgTRENCHXTINGUISHa.PNGtesthales1enl.jpg

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    yes, any pics or info are most welcome thank you.
    Quote Originally Posted by NitroGlynerine View Post
    I have been collecting information/pics on The Cotton Powder Company for some years now are you still interersted?productCPCjpg.jpgTRENCHXTINGUISHa.PNGtesthales1enl.jpg

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    Paul

    A book come out the other year called 'The Great Explosion' by Brian Dillon. Not a bad book but I gave my copy to a friend who's grandfather was on site at the time and won the Edward medal (Industry) for his rescue work at the explosion site.

    John
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