Cook and stir bacon and onion in large kettle until bacon is crisp and onion is tender. Drain clams, reserving liquid. Add clam liquid, potatoes, water and celery to bacon and onion.
Cook until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Add clams, tomatoes, parsley, salt, thyme and pepper. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Serve with oyster crackers, if desired.
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