Location: Port Chicago, California
Surnames/tags: Disasters World_War_II
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. 
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
- "Death Toll May Reach 350 In Bay Area Ship Explosion," The Oregonian, (Portland, Oregon) 19 Jul 1944:1. Print.
- "US Pushes Suit to Gain Naval Station Acres," The Fresno Bee (Fresno, California) 8 Dec 1968: 12-S. Print. news clipping
- Port Chicago Disaster archived at Wayback Machine.
- Port Chicago disaster stuns the nation