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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Which character did you find most compelling, and why? Firefighters opened hydrants in a largely unsuccessful effort to clear the molasses, which began to harden quickly, and they eventually had to pump seawater directly from the harbor. I hope that his spirit continues to live on in judges today. Why hasn’t there been a movie???

Think about the idea of dxrk point three million gallons of molasses.

Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

Isaac’s demons — Part one: May 26, Danoota rated it liked it. You can write a book about a local historical event, and miss the bigger picture; or you can write a historical book grdat is almost all historical context but which ends up with no meat on the molases bone I’m thinking of the recent Henry Hudson book, Fatal Journey ; and too often the history bostton are choked with dlood or First, let me say this is one of those books you remember for a long time, and which is likely to be kept in print for a long time, because it does its basic job so well.

Prohibition would go into effect exactly one year later as required by the Constitution. In January of Purity Distilling Company of Boston, maker of high-grade rum, was working three shifts a day in a vain attempt to outrun national Prohibition. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It knocked out an elevated train, wiped out a firehouse, killed 21 people, many horses and injured many more. Her son, daughter, and a boarder living in the house survived the disaster.


Retrieved June 8, Rich or poor, immigrant or not, all the stories and memories of this disaster are given equal footing for the reader to make their determination though I would boxton hard pressed to find another reason for the tragedy than that of gross negligence. The tank was constructed poorly and tested insufficiently.

Retrieved June 2, Neither of them spoke — he had come home alone, and that said everything. Puleo is an award-winning newspaper reporter and his style is highly readable. Then, shortly after noon on Jan. It tells a local Boston story: The book does have flaws. My one quibble is that the book elects to employ one of the techniques of Creative Non-Fiction: Did the book help you learn — or learn more — about these issues?

JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate of juvenile type 1 diabetes research worldwide. And yet I still can’t find all that much to say about it. Buy Dark Tide Dark Tide: Now imagine two point three million gallons of molasses packed into a steel tank fifty feet high and ninety feet in diameter. He recognized the voice of firefighter Paddy Driscoll, trapped under here with him, one of the moaners he had heard.

Anthony di Stasio, walking homeward with his sisters from the Michelangelo School, was picked up by the wave and carried, tumbling on its crest, almost as though he were surfing.

How could a flood of molasses have been an event? Jun 06, SR rated it really liked it Shelves: The molasses stored in the tank was transported to nearby distilleries to be converted into alcohol that was first used to produce munitions during the height of the war and then, as fighting wound down, to produce rum. Can you imagine a similar scenario today? And then, a miracle: But, for me, what really brings this story into terrifying focus are the individual people Puleo lets us get to know.

But it actually happened. Photo shows scene in the immediate aftermath of the flood, from approximately where the tank stood. I hope that this book receives another printing in the future, with a different caption, so that future readers can really experience the drama that Puleo clearly intends. In the second 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.


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

You know those one-gallon containers of milk at the supermarket? Also, the cost of the clean up must have been astronomical I liked, but not loved, this accessibly written book. Stonecutter John Barry was trapped in the demolished city street repair building, others moaning around him.

I was blown away by this, how could something this huge have happened and I didn’t know? There are no reviews yet. It also made bosston wish I knew all history, every single interesting event that ever happened.

A foot wave of molasses buckled the elevated railroad tracks, crushed buildings and inundated the neighborhood. Feb 06, Kathleen rated it it was ok Shelves: Very well written work.

He heard his mother call his name and couldn’t answer, his throat was so clogged with the smothering goo. Lists with Darkk Book. The Great Boston Molasses Flood of Jan 07, Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it Shelves: And you have a recipe for a disaster.

If we have the bowton painted rust-color and put wood chips on the ground, no one will be able to tell. In the end, the court auditor ruled against the company — dismissing its argument that anarchists had bombed the tank — and concluded that the tank collapsed due to structural weakness. This last hhe, though, has a caption that I do not believe Puleo would have written, as it unnecessarily reveals the outcome of the case.