Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

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by Stephen Puleo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807050210

ISBN-13: 9780807050217

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Beacon Press

Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston's North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was like roaring surf, one of them said later. Like a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence, said another. A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window-"Oh my God!" he shouted to the other men,…  See more details below

Overview

Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston's North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was like roaring surf, one of them said later. Like a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence, said another. A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window-"Oh my God!" he shouted to the other men, "Run!"

A 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had just collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour. It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire station. The number of dead wasn't known for days. It would be years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807050217
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
None
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
125,959
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note
Prologue: Isaac's Demons1
Pt. 1A Monster in Our Midst
1Deadline on the Waterfront9
2Neighborhood Weeping23
3Along the Gulf Stream45
4War and Anarchy56
5Heavy Load76
Pt. 2Waves of Terror
6Before...89
7Engulfed!96
8"I Am Prepared to Meet my God"124
9Darkening Skies141
Pt. 3David vs. Goliath
10"One of the Worst Catastrophes"163
11Factor of Safety179
12"A Sordid Story"213
Epilogue234
List of Deceased239
Bibliographic Essay241
Acknowledgments249
Index253

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