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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Like a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence, said another. Jan 11, Lee Regan rated it it was amazing.

An inquiry after the disaster revealed that Arthur Jell, who oversaw the construction, neglected basic safety tests, such as filling the tank with water to check for leaks. Imagine if that tank was shoddily built, with every possible corner cut, so that the tank constantly leaked molasses when even a third full. Julian—Gregorian uncertainty CS1 maint: It is both th researched, and personal.

Photo courtesy of Bill Noonan, Boston Fire Department Archives Firefighters worked in shifts for four hours clearing debris from around and under the wrecked firehouse to reach their trapped colleagues. Clougherty was able to save himself and pull his sister to safety. To purchase the book online, click one of the links below.

Firefighters worked in shifts for four hours clearing debris from around and under the wrecked tife to reach their trapped colleagues. I had heard about the Great Boston Molasses Flood, but this book brings to life the story behind it.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. That is not history; it is historical fiction. I don’t know why I haven’t come up with anything; I enjoyed it quite a bit, and if it’s not still as fresh in my memory as goston was the day I finished, I still remember a good deal of it, more than usual when it comes to straight history books.


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Books by Stephen Puleo. Instead trust your first impressions because the title is the thematic key: It almost sounds like a bad movie plot – a large tank that held over 2 million gallons of molasses burst in a busy neighborhood of Greay, causing a huge wave of the sticky substance to engulf people, animals, and buildings.

Puleo weaves his story slowly, showing first the conditions around which the molasses tank was built, its brief history and finally, its tragic failure. Nov 30, Timons Esaias rated it really liked it. The author, Stephen Puleo, states at the start that this is the first book about the Boston Molasses Flood.

Amazing account of a breat known tragedy. Jun 22, Jill rated it really liked it. Ina team of scientists and students at Harvard University conducted extensive studies of the historic disaster, gathering data from many sources, including newspaper articles, old maps, and weather reports. So, inthere was a gigantic molasses flood in Boston, which is interesting enough. The Great Boston Molasses Flood of Jun 20, Wanda rated it liked it.

Great Molasses Flood

I enjoyed the book very much, and I recommend it for anyone with an interest in American history of the post World War I period. That mystery was destroyed by the fact that a chapter would start with a picture, and rhe caption always gave away the ending.

Now imagine two point three million gallons of molasses packed into a steel tank fifty feet high and ninety feet in diameter. The book is well-researched and well-written. USIA accused antiwar anarchists of bombing the tank, an argument fueled by the Sacco and Vanzetti trial. The end of World War I, the fear of postwar unemployment, the lack of assimilation of many Italian immigrants in Boston and elsewhere, the bombings and other disruptive acts by anarchists and the resulting fear among the populace, the impending onset of Prohibition, and more.


The flood led to regulations nationwide that toughened building safeguards in general, and specifically required that engineers certify all structural plans.

He had even seen children use pails to scoop up the molasses that pooled at its base. He draws from contemporary newspaper accounts, personal correspondence, and thousands of pages of trial transcripts to present well-documented portraits of the major players, and while he makes a number of value judgments along the greaat about right and wrong, he backs up his opinions with clear facts and fair reasoning.

The rise of the anarchist movement and its strong antiwar sentiments made the tank a tempting target, since alcohol produced from the molasses went into the making of wartime munitions. When filled with molasses, the tank leaked so badly that it was painted brown to hide the leaks.

This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who’d like to learn more about American history, uncommon disasters, corporate greed, Boston, or just an interesting read about human nature. The majority of the book is narrative by and about the people involved in the flood.