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Propeller from the SS Highflyer at the Texas City, Texas Disaster of 1947

The explosion of the Grandchamp in Texas City, Texas caused a disaster resulting in the most industrial deaths in U.S. history. The SS Highflyer exploded in the Main Slip of the Texas City Port on 4-17-1947 after being set on fire by the SS Grandchamp which exploded in the North Slip on 4-16-1947.

More than 550 people, including 27 firemen, were killed; flying pieces of concrete, steel, and glass injured thousands more; resulting fires took days to extinguish.

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  • Uploaded on February 18, 2012
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