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[Fighting fires on board ship during the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Nine men stand next to a large cargo ship at the docks. Water is being sprayed onto the ship. More fire hoses are being readied and pulled into position. Two of the men have dark hats, and appear to be fire captains or crew leaders. Another man wearing a similar hat is walking toward the men with hoses. Heavy smoke covers the ship and dock.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Photograph of Refinery Structures Near the Port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Photograph taken from out on the water looking toward the refinery structures at the port. At the far left, the Monsanto plant building stands, very heavily damaged. At the far right, two tower refinery structures stand. Major damage is visible on the refinery structure in front of these two towers. Debris is strewn heavily along the shoreline. Damaged elevated pipelines are visible in the middle of the picture where some of the supporting structures have failed. Layers of smoke cover the entire background of the picture, with gray smoke closest to the ground, then white smoke, then heavy black smoke.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Photograph of Damaged Warehouses and Piers at the Port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Photograph of huge clouds of thick black and white smoke rising from the damaged warehouses and dock facilities at the port after the Texas City Disaster. Steel girders are all that remain of three dock warehouses along the shore. The metal structure of the second warehouse from the right has visible bending and twisting. The hull of a ship or barge still floats along the pier. It appears that debris covers the deck of the barge.
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 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

[Photograph of Refinery Structures After the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Photograph of layers of heavy dark and light smoke covering the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. From left to right are the Seatrain loading crane, the Monsanto building, damaged pipelines and refinery structures including two large tower structures. A buoy floats on the water at the far right. This photograph has been taken looking across the bay at the refinery structures.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Photograph of Refinery Structures After the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Photograph taken from out on the water of the bay, this photograph captures the different layers of smoke rising from fires during the Texas City Disaster. White smoke rises from the port area, blowing from left to right and staying closest to the ground. Behind and above it, huge thick clouds of black smoke rise from unseen fires at petroleum tanks and facilities. Refinery structures, including two large towers, stand near the shoreline in the middle of the picture. Damage is visible along the shoreline.
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

[High pressure valve with the forward portion of the cylinder section of a Liberty ship main engine amid debris after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A large metal section of machinery with a number of bolts in a circle on the top rests on a pile of metal and fabric debris. This is a portion of a Liberty ship reciprocating steam main engine. It is the forward section of the engine cylinder head and includes a high pressure valve and one of three cylinders. The other two cylinders and the surrounding insulation and sheet metal sheathing have been torn away. The L-shaped brackets on the sides of the casting are supports for the platform around the engine. Debris on the lower left obscures the location where the steam supply entered. The grating on the left appears to be a portion of one of the catwalks around the engines and boilers.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Train near the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A line of damaged freight cars runs horizontally across the image in front of a large grain elevator. The topmost edge of the nearest end of the grain elevator is missing, and damage is evident at other places on the structure. In front of the train tracks stand two large power poles. One pole has snapped into several drooping pieces. In the foreground, metal debris and a hose lie scattered over other sets of tracks. Wooden and metal debris are visible on the embankment leading up to the train tracks with the train cars. In the left foreground of the picture, the front part of a construction tractor can be seen with its bulldozer type blade on the ground. The number "#6" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two storage tanks sit on a strip of land between two retention basins full of water. One tank, in the middle of the picture, has exploded and is completed destroyed. Another tank to its right is heavily dented with compression damage especially visible along the top. In the distance are other refinery structures and other storage tanks. To the far left is a long piece of metal debris, possibly from the destroyed storage tank, with the number "325" on the debris.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view of fourteen round storage tanks taken from across a dirt road lined with power poles. One power line is down, lying in the road. Debris is strewn on the ground in the foreground. Across the road near the storage tanks, pipes of varying sizes lie broken and bent on the ground. A number of the storage tanks have visible compression crushing and denting damage. A spherical butane/LPG tank is visible on the far right. Behind the tanks, two tall water towers are visible.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view of part of the storage tank farm after the Texas City Disaster. Five round storage tanks and a butane/liquid petrolem gas sphere storage tank can be seen. The two tanks on the far right show significant crushing on the tops and sides of the tank. The second tank on the left has a section on the left crushed inward.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A closeup view of a damaged round storage tank after the Texas City Disaster. The sides and top have been crushed in. Twisted interior metal supports can be seen in the gap. Behind this damaged tank are five other tanks in rows. One of those tanks near the top of the picture shows visible crushing along the top. In the far left corner, parts of the refinery structures can be seen.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged storage tanks and refinery structures after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Beyond a chain link security fence, huge clouds of white and black smoke rise from burning structures. A tall tower unit stands at the far left. In front of it, a wooden structure has collapsed and lies on the ground. In the lower center of the picture, a round storage tank burns. It is heavily damaged, and the access scaffolding attached to it is bent and warped. Further to the right, two identical round cylindrical tanks stand, with no visible damage. To the right, pipelines lie tangled and twisted. Apparently undamaged, utility power poles cross the picture with lines still attached.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged train cars after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two construction cranes stand alongside a line of damaged freight cars, with the sides of most of the cars pushed in. Debris is scattered on and around the railroad tracks. On the right in the background, a metal framework from a covered track/conveyor system is twisted and bent. Two men stand near a bulldozer, looking at debris. A power pole with no electrical lines attached stands near the train tracks. In the right front corner, piles of sacking or burlap lie scattered between two sets of tracks.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged vehicles after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Five or more damaged cars are piled up near the port area after the explosions. Heavy compression and missile damage is evident. Debris litters the ground in the foreground. One large vehicle is overturned on top of other cars, and at the right, a large van or truck with a sign on the side (the legible portions of which read "[...] MAY F [...] HOME) has been dropped on top of other cars. In the far left rear, part of the Seatrain loading crane structure can be seen.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged warehouse after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A large warehouse stands along a dirt road. The metal structure of the building remains, but much of the covering material for the walls is gone. The roof shows large holes where the roofing material is gone. The corner of another similar building can be seen behind this building. It too has visible holes in the walls. Large pieces of debris lie scattered in front of the main building. To the right of the building stands a bent power pole. A line of freight cars sits in front of two storage tanks on tower structures and one large round storage tank. The number "#39" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged warehouse after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view from outside looking through a damaged warehouse. The metal framework appears to be intact but much of the covering of the front and back walls has been destroyed. Piles of a product stored in cloth bags of uniform size sit in stacks in the warehouse. A line of freight cars, many heavily damaged, sit on a railroad track along the right side the building. Large pieces of debris are scattered in front of the building. There is a large light colored object in the foreground lying on the ground. It seems to be either a piece of concrete with large chunks of aggregate, or a loose pile of material of similar appearance. The number "#37" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged freight cars and pier structure after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A line of freight cars parallels a road alongside twisted and warped metal framework from pier buildings. Three or four train cars are overturned and have sustained heavy damage. Metal and wood debris is scattered in the foreground. An automobile is parked on the road just left of the center of the image. The number "#14" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged houses after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two one-story houses, damaged by the explosions, face a residential street. The house on the left has a partially collapsed roof. Both houses have visible damage to windows and doors. The door has been blown off the house on the right, and a car sits in front of it in on the dirt driveway. Behind the houses, at the left can be seen some storage tanks. Huge clouds of thick dark smoke rise from behind the houses. Debris lies scattered in the road and yards of the houses.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library