Hurricane Camille - August 17, 1969


Photo by NOAA

When Hurricane Camille made landfall in Pass Christian, MS. on August 17, 1969, it was a category 5 storm with estimated wind gusts at close to 200 mph. The storm claimed a total of 259 lives from the GulfCoast to Virginia.

In his book, Acts of God Ted Steinberg wrote that hurricanes were named after women to make them seem less threatening- in order to protect the interests of land developers.

 


The Trinity Episcopal Church before

The historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Pass Christian dating from 1849 was destroyed by the storm. None of the 15 people who sought refuge inside the church survived.

 


The Trinity Episcopal Church after

A popular story holds that as the storm was approaching, a hurricane party took place at the Richelieu Manor Apartments which were subsequently leveled by the storm, leaving only one survivor. However, the story is challenged by survivors who stayed at the apartments, and it appears to be a legend.

 


The Richelieu Manor Apartments before

 


The Richelieu Manor Apartments after

 

Cajun Lady- Jon Waterman

It was down in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama
And the backwoods country all along the coast
There was an eye in the thunderhead-
things were lookin calm down under it
But the sky above was lookin like a ghost
And the preacher boy was sayin how that everybody stayin
Was a prayin for redemption from their sin
And soon we were a dancing to the rhythm of the song
Of that old Cajun lady once again

Hurricane, hurricane
Whirlin with the wind and the rain
Hurricane, hurricane
Cajun lady there won’t ever be another with your name

There were beckons, there were calls-
from behind the church house walls
That had stood there for 200 years or more
For the souls of our mothers and their fathers and their brothers
And the brothers of their mothers down before
And sturdy was the spire that had stood against hellfire
And the fury of the devil and his kin
But when that old Cajun lady came a roarin from the sea
That old church house was never seen again

Hurricane, hurricane
Whirlin with the wind and the rain
Hurricane, hurricane
Cajun lady there won’t ever be another with your name

Now the last time that I saw you was somewhere along the bayou
In some tavern you were dancing up a storm
To the guitar players pickin and the fiddlers’ a fiddling
But in the distance we could hear the ocean roarin
So I said we should be goin cause those had started blowin
But just then the water started flowin in
And that old Cajun lady came and stole away my heart
For I know that we will never meet again

Hurricane, hurricane
Whirlin with the wind and the rain
Hurricane, hurricane
Cajun lady there won’t ever be another with your name
©1993, 2004 Jon Waterman

Recording Info:
Jon Waterman- Vocal, Backing Vocal and Guitar
Kirsten Manville- Backing Vocal
Nick Zaino- Backing Vocal
Honor Havoc- Spoons and Backing Vocal
Dan Kupka- Accordion
Chris Paglia- Bass
Henry Churbuck- Drums


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