The Story of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel Page: 23
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'Buffalo 'Bayou and louston Ship Channel, 1820-1926
with a berthing space for an additional thirty-two vessels,
so that at present forty-eight vessels may be docked at
During the year ending June 30th, 1926, 1240 ocean
vessels navigated the Houston Ship Channel and the
value o f their cargoes was
$457,823,882.00, exclusive o f
local traffic. During the same
year the Port Terminal Railroad
Association, which operates
the Public Belt Railroad, which
serves a portion of the water
front, handled 84,967 loaded cars,
which does not include the rail
movement to and from that portion
of the water front which is
served jointly and exclusively by
the Southern Pacific and Missouri
The pictures of the water front
activities appearing o n other
pages will, perhaps, give the
reader a more comprehensive Southern Steamship Line Ter
idea of the volume of business
being transacted along the waterway
than the figures quoted, and, in this connection, it
is to be remembered that prior to the termination of the
World War, November lth, 1918, there was comparatively
little business being transacted along the waterway.
The first Harbor Board was appointed by the Mayor
in December, 1913, and its first meeting was held on
December 19th, 1913, and the following citizens were
Jesse H. Jones
J. T. Scott
J. F. Coleman,
R. M. Farrar C. G. Pillot
Thos. H. Ball
Wharf No. 1 was completed in
August, 1915, and the first cargo
from Philadelphia arrived
August 16th, 1915.
In May, 1922, the City Harbor
Board was absorbed by the Navigation
District Board (the Port
Commission), and the membership
of the latter at that time
:?is. ::' was
E. A. Peden R. S. Sterling
R. J. Cummins .D. S. Cage
R. M. Farrar
Thos. H. Ball, Counsel
J. F. Coleman, Consulting Engineer
B. C. Allin, Port Director
als. Public Wharves 4 and 5 Chas. Crotty, Assistant Port Director
The distance, by the thread of
the waterway, from the Turning Basin to Bolivar Roads
-the Channel into the Gulf of Mexico-is fifty miles,
and the distance from the Turning Basin to San Jacinto
River is sixteen miles, all of which is a land locked harbor
safe and secure from storms and floods.
The Port authorities, with the approval of the United
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Farrar, R. M. The Story of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel, book, 1926; Houston, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46820/m1/25/: accessed September 24, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .