The Great Molasses Flood, also known as the Boston Molasses Disaster or the Great Boston Molasses Flood, occurred on January 15, in the North .. Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of Boston: Beacon Press. Dark Tide. The Great Boston Molasses Flood of , a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston’s North End when they heard. Dark tide: the great Boston molasses flood of Around noon on January 15, , a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston’s.

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Puleo is a powerful historian, tjde together a wide context of political movements, changing views of big business, and military technologies into a hammock in which to rest this one event of He heard a skittering sound. You can write a book about a local historical event, and tidr the bigger picture; or you can write a historical book that is almost all historical context but which ends up with no meat on the actual bone I’m thinking of the recent Henry Hudson book, Fatal Journey ; and too often the history bookshelves are choked with one or the other.

Pictures While horrified spectators look on, rescuers try desperately to save the occupants of the Clougherty house, which was torn from its foundation and smashed against the elevated railroad trestle by the tkde wave. He makes assertions regarding Italian Americans and their reluctance to organize, a stance that changes as a result of this tragedy. It’s some great stuff.

Fascinating event but the book is very dry at times. Focusing almost exclusively on production efficiency, however, USIA has little time for molases and security at its North End storage facility. That mystery was destroyed by the fact that a chapter would start with a picture, and daek caption always gave away the ending.

Jul 13, Newport Librarians rated it liked it Shelves: If we have the tank painted rust-color and put wood chips on the ground, no one will be able to tell.

This is one of those. After the trial, anarchy and the perceived threat from it pretty much died.

Photo courtesy of Bill Noonan, Boston Fire Department Archives The Boston Firehouse near the harbor, home of the Engine 31 fireboat, was pushed from its tne by the molasses wave and nearly swept into the water. Prohibition would go into effect exactly one year later as required by the Constitution.


DARK TIDE: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

Stonecutter John Barry was trapped in the demolished city street repair building, others moaning around him. For the first time, the story of the flood is told here in its full historical context, from the tank’s construction in through the multiyear lawsuit that followed the disaster. When I’m told what a character is thinking and seeing and smelling at a particular moment on a particular day, I feel that I’m being lied to, and it throws me out.

We have sold goods at high prices. Nov 17, George rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: In the common humanity of the details, these people stopped being part of a huge number of casualties, and instead each person became a unique dxrk.

Published September 16th by Beacon Press first published Several factors that occurred on that day and the previous days might have contributed to the disaster. I’m a nerd and a Boston transplant and found it really interesting, although Puleo may need some time away from italics formatting. Feb 06, Kathleen rated it it was ok Shelves: There had been warnings.

This is a must-read for anyone interested in Boston history. A very strange and tragic event, the molasses flood lives on in Boston folklore but for those looking for more details of the event, what likely contributed to the tragedy, grezt the subsequent civil trial, this is an excellent read.

Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of by Stephen Puleo

Imagine if they were the supermarket. The physics of the Boston Molasses Flood”. There, please keep trolling to a minimum. Author Stephen Puleo describes how nearby buildings were swept off their foundations and crushed. Because the molasses was used to produce alcohol for munitions, the tank was considered a federally protected area.

The Globe Pequot Press. It is both well vark, and personal. Any disruption at the tank could prove disastrous to his plan to outrun Prohibition by producing alcohol as rapidly as possible at the East Cambridge distillery.


The book does have flaws. Instead trust your first impressions because the title is the thematic key: And you have a recipe for a disaster. I found it particularly interesting when the book described how the Italians were discriminated against, yet they insisted on keeping to members of their own community, didn’t try to become citizens or learn the language.

However, the middle manager is sufficiently concerned to order the tower painted the color of molasses, so the extent of the leaking is not so obvious. A small plaque at the entrance to Puopolo Park, placed by the Bostonian Society, commemorates the disaster. Were all sides of the issue presented fairly? There are no reviews yet. Very well written work. It was worth telling, and I’m glad somebody supported by a host of others took up the challenge and carried it, so successfully, to the end.

Great Molasses Flood

The New England Grimpendium. In the cold of January the tank was half filled with nearly a million gallons of molasses. This is physiologically not possible.

It would be years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster. The fifty-six-year-old stonecutter John Barry heard moaning in the darkness, felt searing pain across his back and legs, smelled and tasted the sweet molasses as it tried to flow into his nostrils and mouth. In spite of the company’s attempts to claim that the tank had been blown up by anarchists [2]: Most of the readership is unlikely to be aware ahead of reading the story that the tank owners claimed that explosives were the cause of the disaster.

For the first time, the story of the molasses flood is told here in its full historical context. Bostn lay sobbing in the darkness, tears streaming down his face, mixing with the molasses that stained jolasses cheeks and threatened to drown him. Structural defects in the tank combined with unseasonably warm temperatures contributed to the disaster.