Port of Houston Oral History

Port of Houston Ship Channel Oral History

The Houston Ship Channel is a marvel of human ingenuity. Dredged from the shallow Buffalo Bayou near downtown Houston out to Galveston Bay, this 55-mile man-made waterway provides access to one of the busiest and largest ports in the world--the Port of Houston. The channel's very existence is a testimony to the vision and "can do" attitude of several business and political leaders in Houston who more than a century ago blazed a path that ultimately made Houston a giant in the global maritime trade and the energy capital of the world.

WWII Merchant Marine and Houston Pilot

WWII Merchant Marine and Lykes Bros Port Capt.

WWII Merchant Marine and Founder of Houston Maritime Museum

WWII Merchant Marine and labor representative

WWII Merchant Marine, Port Captain, and Exxon inspector

Former Port of Houston Commissioner ('76-'94)

Former Port Commissioner (2000-2012)

Former President International Longshoremens Association (ILA)

Former Merchant Marine and Stevedore Superintendent

Former Director Greater Houston Port Bureau

Former President West Gulf Maritime Association

Sr. VP West Gulf Maritime Association

Former Coast Guard and Director G&H Towing

Former Chem Engineer at Texas City Refinery

Former Exxon tanker captain and Houston Pilot

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