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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Photo courtesy of Bill Noonan, Boston Fire Department Archives Sailors at bottom left from the USS Nantucket, which was in port when the flood occurred, aided in the rescue efforts as crews cleared tons of debris to reach trapped victims. Twenty-five-foot tidal waves of molasses, traveling at 35 miles per hour, engulfed the nearby neighborhood, causing massive destruction, killing 21 people, and injuring more than Would they become wards of the state when their father was gone?
He has won numerous corporate communications awards and has been both a keynote speaker and served on communications panels at industry conferences. Imagine if they were the supermarket.
The injured were so numerous that doctors and surgeons set up a makeshift hospital in a nearby building. In a sea of sticky molasses: The collapse of the U. I just found it so painfully boring.
DARK TIDE: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
But after the war, on January 15,something horrible happens: Twenty-one people died, others suffered permanent injury or were left homeless in the wake of the tragedy. For all neo-cons, this is what happens when industry and corporations are left to regulate themselves. Thoroughly researched, the volume weaves together the stories of the people and families affected by the disaster, with often heartbreaking glimpses of their fates.
He heard his dar call his name and couldn’t answer, his throat was so molaasses with the smothering goo. Not at all like a nightmare of brown sludge pounding down the city streets with the velocity of a speeding car, ths people and flokd structures unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Certainly not as much as this book deserves. Corporate managers, government officials, court advocates, and the extraordinary citizens of the devastated North End—those people who were immediately and horribly affected by the tragedy—come to life in this enthusiastically recommended, important regional history.
In the floor act, Puleo goes step by step through the events of the tragedy, quoting eyewitnesses and compassionately recording the last moments of men, women, and children as they were crushed or drowned by the brown sludge. Retrieved December 16, John Barry tried to answer aloud, but could not. Before the collapse, when the tank showed obvious signs of leakage, the company repainted the tank dark brown so dadk leaks wouldn’t show. His brother Stephen died a year later in a mental hospital.
This played a big part in the ability of the company to build the structure in the North End to begin with. It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire stateion. Second, as a historian, he should be a bit more of a fact checker.
Great Molasses Flood
Julian—Gregorian uncertainty CS1 maint: The second floor of the building pancaked onto the first, trapping for hours stonecutter John Barry and several firefighters, including George Layhe, who was pinned beneath debris. Getting into the minds of the major players in the disaster—USIA suits, victims, witnesses, North End residents, politicians—he re-creates not only the scene but also the social, political and economic environments of the time that made the disaster more than just an industrial accident.
Cleanup crews used salt water from a fireboat to wash the molasses away, and used sand to try to absorb it. More By and About This Author. Photo courtesy of Bill Noonan, Boston Fire Department Archives This landscape photo, taken from atop a nearby building, shows the massive damage caused by the molasses wave.
But do not allow yourself to misread the subtitle. 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 foundation by the molasses wave and nearly swept into the water. About the Flood Boston Molasses Flood Fact Sheet The flood occurred on January 15,when a huge steel tank 50 feet high and 90 feet in diameter containing 2.
Stephen Puleo, Dark Tide: Water looks harmless in the glass, and fire seems fairly friendly at the end of a match, but we’ve all seen evidence of the power of these elements — if you’re fortunate, only on You Tube or in the movies. It would be years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster.
The tank had been filled to capacity only eight times since it was built a few years previously, putting the walls under an intermittent, cyclical load. Fascinating event but the book is very dry at times.
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.
In the third act, Puleo delves deeply into the civil suit that resulted from this tragedy, using extensive quotes directly from the trial transcripts.
I have now stopped and started writing this review three times.
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Collection inlibrary ; printdisabled ; internetarchivebooks ; china. Did it even happen at all or is it just a clever story to tell the Boston tourists?
Molasses can be fermented to produce rum and ethanolthe active ingredient in other alcoholic beverages and a key component in the manufacturing of munitions. To see what your friends thought of bostoh book, please sign up. He recognized the voice of firefighter Paddy Driscoll, trapped under here with him, one of the moaners he had heard.
By leaving readers in the dark about this for two-thirds of the book, Puleo treats the story as a mystery or historical thriller instead of the straight-up history it should be. Bridget Clougherty, sixty-five, was buried by debris and timber, and died from terrible injuries one hour after crews pulled her from the wreckage.