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The greater European powers received the shock of the century in 1885 when a French chemist, Paul Vielle, working at a governmental powder factory took some gun cotton and converted it into progressive burning, smokeless powder.
The next day the whole area was covered in gun cotton and the children pretended it was snow.
Muriel (nee Wardrobe) continued to work at the mill during the war, packing gun cotton.
Mr Bemis who bought the rights to the wreck in 1967 believes there was a cover-up by the British government about the military cargo, including mustard gas and gun cotton.
Storing, packing, pressing, cleaning, preparing or manufacturing by and process whatever blasting power, ammunition fire-works, gun powder, sulphur, mercury, gases, gun cotton, saltpeter, nitrocompounds, nitromixtures, phosphorous or dynamite.