This hulk below is the watery remains of the S.S. Selma, a 6 ton concrete ship from WWI. The background shows the smokestacks of the refineries in Texas City. The water and the sky are both gray and polluted.
As kids, we often pulled our shirt up over our mouths when we outside due to the smell from the oil refineries and chemical plants.
In the 40’s, one of the worst industrial accidents of all time happened in Texas City when a ship full of chemicals exploded at the docks. Over 600 people died instantly in a blast so fierce, two planes fell from the sky. The 10 thousand pound anchor from the ship landed a half mile away, buried completely in the ground. The city burned out of control for days and my high school was turned into a morgue.
Home. Sweet home.