Beaumont in Texas was a regular call for Bank Line ships loading Sulphur, Oil, and generals around the U.S Gulf Coast. Pilotage was interesting, entering via the Sabine Pass, and passing the huge reserve fleet of ships from WW2. The whole area had a unique oil and chemical smell and a very distinctive and memorable atmosphere, hard to describe. Ashore were all the delights and goodies that made the start of a long voyage interesting.
See the book, ” Voyaging with Icons” for a description of Bank Line voyages