The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 195
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DETAILS OF THE OVERWHELMING TRAGEDY. i95
large reservoirs of rain water to be found in the business
"The scene on the docks was a terrible one. The small
working fleet and the larger schooners were washed over the
docks and railroad tracks in frightful confusion. The Mallory
docks were demolished. The elevators were torn in shreds.
Three ocean liners were anchored off the docks and seemed to be
in good condition. The damage to the shipping interests is
simply immense, the Huntington improvement being entirely
FRIGHTFUL CONFUSION EVERYWHERE.
"I tried to get out of the town as quick as I could, and succeeded
in securing passage on the first sloop which sailed, which
happened to be the 'Annie Jane,' Captain Thomas Willoughby,
who afterward proved to be an excellent sailor. We sailed from
the Twenty-second street slip at i o'clock, with seven souls
aboard. When we got outside the harbor we found it was blowing
a terrific gale and the sea running very high. Under three reefs
and the peak down we set our course for North Galveston. As
we passed Pelican Flats we could see the English steamer
anchored off over toward where the railroad bridge should be, and
came to the conclusion that she had evidently broken the water
mains and cut the supply off from the city.
"Another ocean liner could be seen off the shore of Texas
City, in what would seem to have been about two feet of water in
normal tide. We passed within a few hundred yards of where
the Half-moon light house once stood, but could see no evidence
of the light house, it being completely washed away. The waters
of the bay were strewn with hundreds of carcasses of dead animals.
We had a very hazardous passage, going against a five
mile tide running out, but managed to reach North Galveston
" At North Galveston we found that a tidal wave had crossed
the peninsula, carrying destruction in its path. The factory
building and the opera house were completely blown down and
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