Houston Maritime Museum presents Remembering Texas City
The Texas City disaster occurred on April 16, 1947, and was the worst industrial accident in United States history. The explosion, originating as a fire on the SS Grandcamp that quickly spread, killed 581 people and injured thousands more. Following the event, stricter safety procedures and regulations were enforced in the petrochemical industry. Monsanto Company, whose plant and offices were destroyed, committed with other companies to rebuild in Texas City and helped propel the city to a prosperous future.
Robert Roten was raised in Texas City and experienced the Texas City disaster. Mr. Roten graduated from the University of Texas and worked for Monsanto Company for the next 25 years. He was involved in the leveraged buyout of the Monsanto plant in Texas City and the formation of Sterling Chemicals, eventually retiring as CEO of the company. He has been married to his wife, Carole, for 64 years, is an active member of Grace Presbyterian of Houston, and continues to participate in the growth of Texas City. The film was produced by Andy Hollan, narrated by Nowrin Amin, and edited by Evan Amin.