The daylight exposed a terrible scene; the greater part of the timber docks, like a barren smouldering wilderness and huge warehouses completely gutted.
Ships which only a few hours ago had been discharging cargoes were torn by the blast and defaced by the fire. Some had been holed and sunk, showing only a small part above the water.
Steel girders were twisted to indescribable shapes and surviving masonry lay at dangerous angles.
Alas, this shambles proved to be more than unsightly wreckage, for the bombs and fire had claimed toll of human life, and the bodies still lay amongst this charred debris.