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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May 12, John-Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: United States Industrial Alcohol did not f,ood the tank. Jun 06, SR rated it really liked it Shelves: On this particular morning a ship loaded with molasses had come up from Puerto Rico following the Gulf Stream and unloaded over a million gallons of warm molasses into the cold molasses.

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Steve is the past recipient of the Outstanding If Award, presented by the Appian Club, an Italian-American organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Italian culture in Massachusetts. There had been warnings. Paperbackpages. Fascinating event but the book is very dry at times. 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 molasses wave.

DARK TIDE: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

In the third act, Puleo delves deeply into the civil suit that resulted from this tragedy, using extensive quotes directly from the trial transcripts. 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. The Boston Globe reported that people “were picked up by a rush of air and hurled many feet.


Puleo weaves his story slowly, showing first the conditions around which the molasses tank was built, its brief history and finally, its tragic failure.

The rest of the book is molassee chronicle of the time period.

Dec 09, Sean Kennedy rated it liked it. Aided by, among other thing, thousands of pages of court transcripts, he is able to effectively bring the people connected to the disaster to life. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The cleanup lasted months, the lawsuits years, the fearful memories a lifetime. Jun 20, Wanda rated it liked it. This book is so well researched and I’m glad to know the story.

Preview — Dark Tide by Stephen Puleo. The Globe Pequot Press. To see flopd your friends thought of this book, please sign up. For all neo-cons, this is what happens when industry and corporations are left to regulate themselves. Terror gripped him as he imagined a fat, hungry, gray water rat chewing at his face ride he lay helpless, trapped in the blackness, buried alive. While the collapse’s aftermath is tragic, the story itself is not exactly gripping.

Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

Puleo continually gets into the heads of the people who were involved in this tragedy and imagines their thoughts, feelings, and otherwise makes attributions that are just that — imagined.


Retrieved June 8, The surrounded counter-culture of anarchists was also explored for this ended up being the argument for the defense as to the cause of the tank’s collapse, that an unnamed ,olasses bombed the tank, instead of the more likely scenario of the tank’s shoddy construction.

I had no idea that there had been such an event, and the thought of it was pretty horrific.

One of the worst catastrophes — Factor of safety — A sordid story — Epilogue — List of deceased — Bibliographic essay Around noon on January 15,a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston’s North End when they heard dwrk tremendous crash.

Horses died like so many flies on sticky fly-paper.

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

One of the unlikely heroes in this book turns out to be Hugh Ogden, the Boston judge for the subsequent court case against the owners of the tank. Jun 26, Kathleen Valentine rated it really liked it.

The writing style was a bit overwrought for my taste at times, so let’s compare it to all the other books out there about the Great Molasses Flood, oh wait, there aren’t any. Before the collapse, when the tank showed obvious signs of leakage, the company repainted the tank dark brown so the leaks wouldn’t show.