THE TEXAS CITY DISASTER OF APRIL 16TH , 1947

Here are a few of the Texas City photographs that my father Story Sloane Jr. made when he was 17 years old. He was the school photographer for San Jacinto high. He left school with a deputy sheriff friend of his shortly after they heard the explosion. His nickname was “Scoop Sloane”. These negatives were part of the several thousand that my father took as a young man. I found these when I cleared out his warehouse. It’s been over 12 years since they have seen the light of day.

 Dad started to shoot photos as soon as they could see the smoke. At times he said it was so thick that it seemed like night. Evidence of the horrible blast could be seen as pictured from downtown Texas City all the way to ground zero near the pier where the SS GrandCamp blew up. Most of the original negatives have started to deteriorate but thanks to Photoshop magic they will live on… Story Sloane III

 

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Story Sloane Jr. at 18 in 1948 holding the camera he used to make the Texas City photos in 1947.

 

 

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