Port Chicago Disaster, 17 Jul 1944

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Date: 3 May 1944 to 17 Jul 1944
Location: Port Chicago, Californiamap
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Port Chicago Disaster, 17 Jul 1944

320 men lost their lives in an explosion, another 390 suffered injuries at Port Chicago, California on July 17, 1944. The force of the explosion was so great that it caused, according to one report, "a piece of metal, 18 feet long and weighing 150 lbs" to land in the yard of Mrs. Violet Richards, one mile away from the port. [1]

SS Quinault Victory

The S.S. Quinault Victory was constructed as part of the emergency shipbuilding program during World War II. The program's purpose was to provide quick transportation of troops and material to support the allied war effort in foreign theaters of operation.

Quinault Victory's keel was laid in Portland, Oregon and May 3, 1944.

SS S.E. Bryan

U.S. Naval Magazine and US Naval Barracks, Port Chicago

See also: the Port Chicago 50


  1. The Sun, (San Bernardino, California) 18 Jul 1944, p. 1, col. 5. news clipping.

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