The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 133
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HURRIED TO A WATERY GRAVE. 133
the amount of $75,ooo. The Galveston City Railroad powerhouse
was demolished, and it is estimated that $ioo,ooo will be
required to restore the plant.
The business structures did not suffer the total destruction
that occurred in so much of the residence section, but many are
'so badly damaged that they will have to be torn down.
LARGEST ELEVATOR BADLY DAMAGED.
Galveston had a gigantic elevator interest which had developed
with the port's growing grain trade. Elevator " A " at Fourteenth
street, on the Bay side, was one of the largest in the world. Its
capacity was in excess of 1,500,000 bushels of wheat. All the
upper works of the elevator are gone.
One of the remarkable things about the force of the storm
was that it tore from their moorings several large steamships and
carried them in diverse directions. For example, the Kendall
Castle an English ship, was swept from Pier 33 across Pelican
Island and landed on the shore at Texas City. That was a course
almost due north. Possibly a dredge may be able to cut a channel
which will let the Kendall Castle out of the shoal part of the Bay,
where it lies high in the water.
The Norwegian Gyller, a steamer of considerable tonnage,
now lies stranded between Virginia Point and Texas City. Its
course varied considerably from that of the Kendall Castle. A
channel would have to be cut so far to float out the Gyller that
there is doubt whether it would be warranted by the amount at
One of the most serious results of the storm has been the
damage to the electric light and street car plants. The city has
been in absolute darkness for several nights, and only a few concerns
who operate their own illuminating services are enabled to
do business. Nearly every residence has gone back to the primitive
candle. The absence of street lights drives all who have no
imperative business on the streets to their homes at nightfall, but
the work of the patrol system is made more difficult thereby and
the opportunity for looting greater.
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Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/164/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .