The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 165
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BURNING THE RUINS AND THE DEAD. 16.5
Colonel Robert's plan contemplates the construction of a great
basin for harbor purposes, as well as for dry docks, to the northwest
of the city. The basin would be formed by a retaining wall
shutting out Galveston and West bays, and by filling in the parts
of the Gulf floor between this retaining wall and the walls or
shores of the basin.
Tile northern retaining wall would follow generally the line
of the south jetty, and a deep water channel of twenty-five to
thirty feet would be left between the new land and the city of
Galveston, connecting the channel formed by the jetties with the
inner basin. Pelican' Island would be the backbone of the made
land, and all of Pelican Flats would be transformed into solid land,
to be used for railway and docking purposes.
THE PROJECT WAS APPROVED.
Tl e plan also involved the extension of the jetty channel
through Galveston Bay and up Buffalo Bayou as far as Houston,
more than sixty niles distant, making the latter city an open seaport.
Railways would have, by means of the filled-in land, ready
access to the city, and, in addition, the port facilities of Galveston
would be many times increased, and a continuous sea channel be
constructed from the Gulf to Houston.
This project, as outlined by Colonel Robert, received the
unqualified approval of the various interests concerned in the
development of Galveston harbor, and steps had been taken to
carry out the plan before the onslaught of the recent storm swept
away water lines and much of the city itself. Colonel Robert now
proposes an additional plan, simple and inexpensive, for affording
the fullest and most complete measure of protection from all
storms. This new plan is to construct a sea wall along the Gulf
front of the city.
It is estimated that the height of the waves in the recent
storm, which was the severest ever experienced on the Texas
coast, was about ten to twelve feet. Colonel Robert suggests
that a wall at least twelve feet above the beach, and running
the entire length of the water front, or about ten miles, be built
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