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[At the docks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A large amount of wooden debris floats in the harbor in the foreground, completely covering a large area of water. Two firetrucks are parked on the dock extending out on the left with four men dressed in white standing on the edge of the dock holding hoses leading down to the ocean water. Another man in a hard hat stands on the left in a large pile of debris looking down at a large metal object, perhaps an anchor lying on or near the railroad tracks. A large metal loading crane stands just behind the fire engines on the right. Other damaged port structures are visible in the background. The number "#23" is written on the picture in the lower right corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Ruins of a warehouse and wharf after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Large amounts of debris cover the water in a harbor. Debris and barrels line the side of a road in the foreground running across the bottom of the photograph. Across the water of the harbor, a wharf with massive damage extends out at a right angle to the road. On the the water side of the wharf is a railroad track with two freight cars holding freight. The front train car is leaning down toward the water. Four large parallel pipelines are bowed down to ground level. Behind the train, and extending far out to the right to the end of the image, are the ruins of warehouse structures. There is a forest of concrete pillars, sheared off at their tops, with splayed out and twisted metal reinforcement rods (rebar) projecting up out of the tops of the columns. At the far left in the distance are two refinery tower structures. Two men, one in a white fireman's coverall, walk toward the pipelines. The number "#5" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Aerial view of the port area before the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An aerial view of the Texas City port before the 1947 Texas City Disaster. The grain elevator, a tank farm, the port facilities, the Monsanto building, the Seatrain loading crane, a smokestack, some refinery facilities and some residential housing can be seen. The print has a handwritten caption at the top: "Texas City Disaster photograph."
Date: April 15, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Photograph of Debris Along the Shoreline in the Port Area After the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Photograph taken from out on the water, showing destruction along the shorelines near the port area after the explosions. Debris lines the shores and heavy clouds of black and white smoke obscure everything behind the shores. The white smoke is closer to the shore line, with the heavy black smoke rising from the unseen refinery and storage tank facilities beyond the shore. A damaged round storage tank, and bent and warped metal frameworks from warehouse buildings can be seen along the shore. An undamaged boat, apparently a fireboat, is moving away from the shore.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Photograph of Debris Along the Shoreline in the Port Area After the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Photograph of a view taken from on the water looking back to the shore of piles of metal and wooden debris along the shoreline after the explosions. Huge clouds of thick black smoke cover most of the sky. A smaller cloud of heavy white smoke is on the left, coming from behind the visible debris. On the right, on the horizon, more broken pipelines can be seen.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Wrecked fore end of the Wilson B. Keene in Main Slip after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: The Wilson B. Keene cargo ship lists heavily to the right (toward the dock) after the explosions. Very heavy damage to the ship is visible, and the right side of the ship is actually below the surface of the water. Wooden debris covers the surface of the water. Across the channel, large heaps of debris can be seen on the shore. On the far right hand side of the photograph, along the dock side of a damaged warehouse, near the damaged ship, approximately a dozen men are searching through the rubble and debris. The nearest man on the dock, wearing a suit or sports coat with no tie, is facing toward the photographer but is looking down around his feet, and is himself carrying what appears to be a camera.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[The Wilson B. Keene after the explosions of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: The Wilson B. Keene cargo ship lists heavily to the right in the port. Heavy explosion and fire damage is visible to the ship. On shore to the right rear of the ship is a large pile of rubble. The water near the ship is covered with floating wooden debris. A large piece of twisted metal, apparently from a ship's hull, sticks up near the shoreline on the bottom of the picture, and a power pole has fallen over into the water. Two men are looking at the power pole. Metal debris is visible on the shores on both the right and the left sides of the photograph.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Rescue workers near the Wilson B. Keene after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: The hull of the Wilson B. Keene lists in the waters of the port after the explosions. Approximately 25 rescue workers, some military and some civilian, are checking or searching the debris from the large multi-storied warehouse to the right of the very heavily damaged ship. A dirt road has been cleared of debris. A truck is parked along the road. Wooden and metal debris is scattered or piled in many places. Several large metal pieces and train wheels lie in the front foreground. A large pile of twisted pipelines is heaped near the end wall of the warehouse.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[The Longhorn II aground after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: The Longhorn II cargo ship rests on dry land, blown ashore by the explosion of the Grandcamp. Large pieces of twisted ship's hull are heaped alongside the ship. Three men are engaged in conversation near the ship and appear to be inspecting some object one of them is holding. They are standing near a parked vehicle with illegible lettering painted on the rear. On the far left, a flag files at half mast near a parking area full of vehicles. A large three-story building stands near the parking area, with windows blown out. To its left is a heavily damaged multi-storied building. The top of the Seatrain loading crane is visible above and beyond the Longhorn II.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[The U.S. Coast Guard fighting a fire during the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A Coast Guard ship sprays fire on debris in the harbor near the Seatrain loading crane. Debris covers the water in the foreground, and covers the piers and dock area. A large multi-storied building stands with most of its metal framework exposed. Heavy smoke covers the area. The number "64309" can be seen on the prow of the ship.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Photograph of Fires Near the Port During the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Photograph of a view taken from out on the water near the refinery structures in the port area after the explosions. Two large refinery tower structures are on the right with elevated pipelines in front at the shoreline. Damage to the pipelines and other structural damage is visible. Debris is scattered along the shore. Large clouds of heavy black smoke come from burning storage tanks and other structures. The large Monsanto plant with heavy damage can be seen evidently still burning through the smoke on the left.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library