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[Looking toward Texas City after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Huge clouds of heavy black and white smoke stream upwards from the Texas City port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. This photograph appears to have been taken from above the Galveston port, near the grain elevator. At the far left, the grain elevator, a very large multi-story warehouse and a line of railroad freight cars can be seen.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[An honor guard carries in a coffin at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two honor guards composed of military and civilian pallbearers carry in coffins at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held at Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. On both sides of the pathway, veterans and other men line the walkway. A large crowd has assembled for the service.
Date: June 22, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Removing debris from the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Large cranes and hoisting equipment remove metal debris in the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. "Bisso WA 6200" is painted on the left-most hoisting mechanism. In the middle of the picture, beyond the hoisting equipment, is a small building labeled "Bisso". Several men can be seen looking at the damage. Wooden, concrete, metal and pipe debris are scattered. In the distance on the left can be seen some refinery structures.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Loading a casket into a hearse before the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Four men load a casket into a hearse in preparation for the the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held in Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. At the far right, another man reads a piece of paper in front of another hearse, with a partial license plate of "MORA HE 3 Tex"
Date: June 22, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Rescue workers taking a break after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two rescue workers stand near the open back end of a Red Cross canteen truck take a break from rescue efforts for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Three Red Cross workers can be seen inside the vehicle which is stacked with cartons of food and drink and a mini-kitchen. A man stands outside the vehicle on the right side. Behind him, debris, railroad freight cars and the grain elevator are visible. On the far left in the background is a large cloud of dark smoke and metal debris.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[A damaged building after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A building, apparently a small business, has been damaged in the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Windows and doors have been blown out, and wooden beams or building pieces are visible through the opening. On the far left of the building, the entire front of the addition is missing. Debris lies in front of the building.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[At the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A large crowd watches as honor guards carry in the caskets of unidentified victims of the 1940 Texas City Disaster at the mass funeral service on June 22, 1947, at Memorial Park. Identical caskets decorated with floral sprays are lined up in rows. An honor guard carries in a casket to start the fourth row. On the back of the photograph is written: "Mass burial - June 22, 1947 - unidentified remains - 63 indiv caskets attended by 5,000 people 197 Loop North/ 29th Street outside city."
Date: June 22, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged cars in a parking lot near the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view of a parking lot near the port with rows of cars damaged in the explosions. Vehicles show twisted and crushed parts, compression damage, missile damage and blown-out or broken windows. Power lines are hanging near the top of some of the cars. In the distance on the far left is the twisted metal framework from destroyed warehouses. Clouds of heavy dark smoke can be seen coming from behind the parking lot On the far right in the distance are the smokestack, the grain elevator, train cars, and the elevated pipelines.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Devastation at the docks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view of the devastation on the docks and along the shoreline near the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. This photograph was taken from out on the water. Huge clouds of black smoke, interspersed with smaller white smoke clouds rise from behind the piers and dock areas. Structures along the shoreline have been totally destroyed and huge hunks of metal, damaged pier structures and piles of debris are visible. In the far left, the metal framework from a warehouse can be seen.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[At the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An honor guard is placing a coffin in its designated location at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held at Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. The coffin is being placed in the 8th spot of the 2nd row. Seventeen other identical coffins topped with flower sprays are already in place. A large crowd is gathered for the service, standing outside the roped-off area. On the back of the photograph is written: "Caskets were arranged in 3 rows - on either side of location of fountain - six rows all together Mass funeral 22 Jun 47."
Date: June 22, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Grandcamp survivors at a memorial service at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Galveston after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Five crewmen of the Grandcamp stand on the lowest sanctuary step at the Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Cathedral in Galveston behind a draped coffin. Behind the crewmen, flowers line the altar railing and the top sanctuary step in front of the main altar, which is laid with funeral cloths. On the back of the photograph is written: "The five survivors of the Grand Camp explosion - Texas City - April 1947 - Guy Sancey - Dulong - Gueril, Labbe, most of them from LeHavre, and their boss...[unreadable].. from ..[unreadable] Finistere Brettany the one with the patch still on his head taken at the Catholique Church at Galveston Texas - the same day they left for France-". In the lower right hand corner on the back of the photograph is written: "Given to MMPL (1989) by Mrs. Leontine Miller of Spokane, Washington. Mrs. Miller served as French interpreter for crewmen while hospitalized in Galveston."
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[A damaged two-story building after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A two-story building shows visible damage after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Roof damage is visible and windows have been blown out. Boards have been torn off from the upper story on the far right. A window frame structure from the second floor has caught on the side of the building. Debris is scattered around the building. At the far right, a large piece of siding hangs down from the roof of the second building.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[An aerial view of the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An aerial view of the refinery structures in the port area and the docks and piers at the slips after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Heavy clouds of black and white smoke rise from fires still burning near the docks and in storage tanks. Between the black and white layers of smoke can be seen oil storage tanks at a tank farm.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[General Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV and staff officers]

Description: Two unidentified Army staff officers stand in the street near an officer and a motorcycle bearing the license plate ZN TEX-47 2306. Behind the two officers, General Jonathan Wainwright stands on the sidewalk outside the brick building, smoking a pipe. He is surrounded by other Army personnel and one civilian. On the back of the photograph is written "General Wainwright - U.S. Army - helped with rescue efforts April 1947."
Date: April 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[A view of the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view of the shoreline structures near the warehouses in the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. This picture is taken from out on the water of the bay looking toward the warehouse buildings. At the far right are the destroyed docks and pier structures. Parts of the metal framework of the warehouse buildings are visible. A large cloud of white smoke comes from the area near the warehouses. Heavy black smoke covers the horizon behind the white smoke clouds.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library