Jan. 15: Great Molasses Flood

It was on this day in 1919 that a 35-mile-an-hour wave of sticky syrup washed through the streets of Boston’s North End. It was said the wave was more than 24 feet high and killed 21 people, injuring 150.

An interesting article in Scientific American today talks about the disaster.

‘The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 is both tragic and fantastic. To fully understand this bizarre disaster, we need to examine what makes it unique—its very substance. “The substance itself gives the entire event an unusual, whimsical quality,” wrote Stephen Puleo in his book Dark Tide…’

rco_blog_img_BlogLogoThe American Red Cross was there that day responding to the disaster, working with the community and supporting first responders as they rescued the injured. The Women’s Motor Corps had a particular advantage with their uniforms — their riding boots went up knee-high, which they used as they waded out in molasses to bring food and water to first responders.

 

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