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A 1917 view of one of the shell workshops at the Cunard Shell Works in Bootle, with a female worker in the foreground using a heavy lathe to begin shaping the interior cavity of a large shell casing. In 1915 the Cunard Steamship Company’s store and engineering works at Rimrose Road, Bootle, was converted to operation as a munitions factory. The predominantly female workforce manufactured various sizes of shells

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