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Posted by George Elder on January 7, 2019, 17:48:03, in reply to "Files
It will be great to have this information in circulation again. You are doing the community a service.
Hey George (and everyone) - a bit of an update. I got the files on Friday and had planned on transferring them to the home computer for storage and backup yesterday (Sunday) but a little wind storm knocked out power to the home and we haven't got it back yet. I've got a generator for the fridge and some heat, but haven't really wanted to power up the computer yet on it. We're supposed to get power back no later than the 10th, so hopefully I'll be able to get the USB stick in the mail on Friday.
...files to Tracy, and he will be posting them as time allows. The most succinct and recent coverage of this issue is by Gary Staff in his review of the Battle of Jutland. The Ministry of Munitions of War has copious files on this subject, but I have no access to most of this material. There is a highly potted review in Chemistry World, an online blog of sorts. https://www.chemistryworld.com/podcasts/cordite/1010201.article
John Roberts also mention the problems of cordite impurities in his book on British battle-cruisers. If one looks at how the contracts for cordite manufacture were awarded, it will quickly become evident that great latitude existed in the manufacturing process...perhaps far too much. Well, I read a lot about this at one time, but most of that has evaporated. The chemistry was basic enough, IIRC.
Fascinating, as usual, George. I remember the articles in Warship by, I believe, John Campbell, which suggested Royal Navy cordite was a hazard before WWI, and the last one I saw was on the instability of WWII RN cordite.
I need more information on this matter. Could you direct me to some sources?
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