On this day: the Great Boston Molasses Flood

In Times Gone By...

BostonMolassesDisasterPanorama of the Molasses Disaster site.

The wreckage after the disaster.

On the 15th of January 1919, a giant molasses tank burst in Boston, USA, causing a flood that killed twenty-one people. 150 were injured.

The molasses tank in the North End of Boston, before its explosion in 1919.

The tank photographed before its collapse.

Boston Post edition of January 16, 1919 describing the Boston Molasses Disaster.

The Boston Post reporting, before the final death toll was known.

The disaster occurred around 12:30pm, and at its worst the flood reached heights of about 25 feet (7.6 metres).

Elevated train structure damaged by shrapnel from the 1919 Boston Molasses Disaster.

The flood caused serious damage to points of the elevated train.

800px-USS_Ranger_(1876)_at_AlgiersUSS Ranger at Algiers on 6 July 1913. Later the USS Nantucket.

The first people to arrive on the scene were cadets from the USS Nantucket (photographed in 1913 before its name changed).

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