The biggest (458m) and largest (657019t) ship (oil tanker) ever built (Japan, 1979). Scrapped in 2010. IMO: 7381154. Names: Seawise Giant (1979–1989), Happy Giant (1989–1991), Jahre Viking (1991–2004), Knock Nevis (2004–2009), Mont (2009–2010)
Spindletop spewed black gold into the Texas sky in 1901 (a marker tells the gusher’s story); a mile north, the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum re-creates the derrick & boomtown that Beaumont became; a film on the state’s first oil strike, a replica of a turn-of-the-20th-Century saloon. Visit the Texas Energy Museum & learn the science behind the oil industry and pretend you’re piloting an oil tanker past Port Arthur.