Georgia Ports Authority photographs
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Georgia Ports Authority photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Georgia Ports Authority.
Title: Georgia Ports Authority photographs
Dates: circa 1955
Extent: 0.4 cubic feet (1 oversize box)
Identification: MS 1700

Biographical/Historical Note

The Georgia Ports Authority was established in 1945 by the Georgia Legislature in response to the post World War II economic boom. The Garden City Terminal (located west of Savannah) was formerly a wharf for cotton barges and the United States Army Quartermaster Depot. Governor Herman Talmadge acquired the land in 1948 for $808,100 and construction began in 1950. The $15,000,000 port opened in 1953 with Frank O. Wahlstrom as president of the Savannah Port Authority.

At present, the Georgia Ports Authority is a quasi-state agency run by a governor-appointed board and executive director. Its mission is to "develop, maintain, and operate ocean and inland river ports within Georgia; foster international trade and new industry for state and local communities; promote Georgia's agricultural, industrial, and natural resources; and maintain the natural quality of the environment."

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of approximately 80 photographs. The majority of the images are of the Garden City Terminal. There are also views of the Ocean Steamship Terminal (located west of Savannah and east of the Garden City Terminal) and the East Coast Terminal (located east of Savannah). The photographs show vessels, various kinds of cargo, and men working on the docks and ships. They are arranged by subject.

Index Terms

Cargo Ships.
Cargo holds.
Docks--Georgia--Garden City.
Freight and freightage--Georgia--Garden City.
Garden City (Ga.)
Georgia Ports Authority.
Marine terminals--Georgia--Garden City.
Port districts--Georgia--Garden City.
Savannah (Ga.)
Work environment--Georgia--Garden City.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from creating organization.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Georgia Ports Authority photographs, MS 1700, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Georgia Ports Authority, 2001.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Buildings. Smokestack (1 image.)


2Freight and freightage (20 images, 5 duplicates.)
Cargo: lumber, cotton, resin, scrap metal, paper.


3Geographic locations. Savannah River views (2 images, 1 duplicate.)
Occupations and employment, labor
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items


4Cargo holds, 11 images, 4 duplicates.. View images: 1 | 2.
Men moving a John Deere crate and lumber, loading bags of sugar, and packing barrels.


5Crane operations, 9 images, 1 duplicate
Gantry crane loading a Seaboard Railroad car; crane loading a Mac truck.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items


6Men at Berth 51, 16 images, 1 duplicate.
Man loading cow hides; men rolling barrels from warehouse downtown.


7View from East Coast Terminal, 15 images, 1 duplicate. View online.
Men loading cargo.


8Transportation. Vessels. Views of 4 ships (6 images.)
Man painting depth numbers on side of ship.