KATRINA & THE BOATING INDUSTRY

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On August 29, 2005 the Category 4 hurricane Katrina made landfall on America’s Gulf Coast. It was inevitable that the marinas & boatyards of the coastal region would be hard hit, but few were prepared for the utter devastation seen in these satellite images.

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Gulfport’s harbour (left & below) has been virtually destroyed, with most of the buildings literally blown or swept away.

Some boats have been pushed up against the harbour wall, others have been deposited on the adjacent highway, or driven into residential areas by a combination of ferocious winds and a massive tide surge.

In the lower picture, what appears to be a large vessel lies on its side in a parking lot.

The harbour was home to a number of boat sales and repair yards including Kremer Marine, Ability Marine, Competition Marine and to dock constructors Coastal Marine Construction.             ,

There were moorings at the Gulfport Yacht Club and the Rivers Bend Marina.

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Parts of Biloxi (below) appear to have fared a little better, with several buildings still standing on the sea front, but the reality is that these are gutted.

The picture on the left show the total destruction of bridges that once connected Biloxi and Ocean Springs.

One of Biloxi’s specialities was recreational fishing and a number of charter boat companies had their bases in the town.

There were boat moorings at Beau Rivage Marina, Point Cadet Marina, Bay Point High & Dry Marina, Pelican Pointe Marina and the  Biloxi Yacht Club.

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Trinity Yachts had its yard on the site of the former Equitable Shipyards, which was located on the Industrial Canal in New Orleans, close to one of the major breaks in the levees (right).

We do not have specific pictures of Trinity’s yard, but the lower picture is typical of the flooding, devastation and destruction  in this area.

Almost all the boats at this Lake Pontarchain marina were lifted onto land, some going as far as the highway.

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Word by Marian Martin, BYM News.

Photos by courtesy of ORBIMAGE.