The 72-foot tugboat "East Point" was pushed ashore in August 1969 during Hurricane Camille with its bow facing west on property owned by Lucille Moody’s parents. The family noticed curious crowds would gather to take pictures after the storm and because it was a natural attraction for tourists and locals, the Moodys bought the boat and changed the name to the "S.S. Hurricane Camille." Railroad tracks were built to scoot the vessel more than 200 feet south to where it sits today (for now). Moody opened a tiny gift shop near the stern in 1970 where it remained in business until Hurricane Katrina. The S.S. Hurricane Camille survived Katrina but the small gift shop was completely washed away by the winds and tidal surge leaving only the concrete slab.
This was washed ashore during Hurricane Camille. I was there shortly after Camille and witnessed the damage this terrible storm caused
My wife was a child living in Gulfport, MS during Camille. Her parents still owned the same house when Katrina struck. That house was about a mile inland on Brickyard Bayou and although it got 5 feet during Camille, it got 27 feet surge during Katrina. That still boggles the mind.
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Photo taken in Gulfport, MS, USA
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