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Hurricane Camille Photo Archive
Mississippi Gulf Coast - August 17-18, 1969

Hurricane Camille is said to be the worst storm ever to hit mainland United States. With winds in excess of 210 M.P.H. and tides over 24 feet, Hurricane Camille smashed into the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Sunday night, August 17th, and continued on into the early hours of Monday, August 18th. All of the aerial photographs were taken on Tuesday morning, August 19th. The other photographs were taken at various times, all within a few days after the storm.

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The photographs on this page are protected by copyright. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of one or more photographs, and are willing to pay a usage fee, please contact Jane Shambra, Local History/Genealogist for more information.

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Gulfport - This sailboat washed ashore in front of the First Baptist Church
(Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

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Biloxi - This shrimp boat was washed right up into this home on East Beach Blvd
(Photo by: Earl & Beverly Hammond)

 
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Biloxi - Rebuilt Baricev's Seafood Harbor after Hurricane Camille
(Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

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Gulfport - Gulfport's new $160,000 Recreation Center, it had been open less than a month
(Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

 
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Biloxi - Central Beach: Harbor Light Restaurant, Biloxi Roller Rink, Boat Sales, Pastime Restaurant, Tony's Pizza, and Pattison Pontiac Showroom (Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

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Biloxi - Beautiful Biloxi Beach front and U.S. 90 before Hurricane Camille (Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

 
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Biloxi - Central Beach: Pattison Pontiac, Biloxi Yacht Club, Town House Motel, Biloxi Small Craft Harbor (Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

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Mississippi City - Sea Isle Hotel Court on U.S. Highway 90 with Merry Mansion ruins to the right (Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

 
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Mississippi City - The Merry Mansion was an ornate Italian Palace erected near Cowan Road (Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

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Gulfport - Intersection of U.S. 90 and 25th Avenue (U.S. 49) with the slab of the Gulfport Little Theater in the foreground (Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

 
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Gulfport - Three ocean freighters grounded on the north side of the harbor during the storm (Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

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Pass Christian - U.S. Highway 90 suffered damage, but at least two lanes were open (Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

 
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Gulfport - Barge on U.S. 90 was refloated by means of a dike lined with plastic (Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

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Gulfport - The courage and the spirit of the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast has gained admiration (Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

 
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Long Beach - (Before & After): Shopping Center, Jefferson Davis Avenue and U.S. Highway 90 (Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

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Pass Christian - Messages were often painted on the sides of homes damaged in the storm (Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

 
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Pass Christian - (Before & After): Historic Trinity Episcopal Church built in 1849 (Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

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Biloxi - The Bell Tower remains, but the main sanctuary of the Epsicopal Church of the Redeemer disappeared during Camille (Photo by: Earl & Beverly Hammond)

 
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One of the many homes along the Mississippi Gulf Coast that were lost during Hurricane Camille (Photo by: Earl & Beverly Hammond)

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Pass Christian - (Before & After): The Richelieu Apartments on U.S. 90. (Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

 
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Henderson Point - (Before & After): Gulfshore Baptist Assembly. (Photo by: Chauncey Hinman)

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In the 11 days following Camille, Gulfport photographer Fred Hutchings walked the 40 miles between Point Cadet & Clermont Harbor, photographing every beach front structure. This photo is of downtown Pass Christian, City Hall is in the background on the left (Photo by: Fred Hutchings)

 
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The leavings of hurricanes can be tragically comical. Though not intended as a motor home, this house on Point Cadet was given several unwanted sets of wheels by Camille (Photo by: Fred Hutchings)