Massachusetts Disasters

True Stories Of Tragedy And Survival

Book Description

Twenty of Massachusetts' most catastrophic incidents due to natural and other causes are recounted here. Featured are the 1874 Mill River flood, the blizzard of 1888, the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 in Boston's North End, the 1953 Worcester tornado, and four shipwrecks, including the crash of the passenger steamer City of Columbus off Martha's Vineyard in January 1884.

About Pletcher, Larry

Larry Pletcher has investigated the natural treasures and history of New England for nearly thirty years. After graduating from Princeton University and receiving an advanced degree from UCLA, Larry returned east and combined a professional career with freelance writing, photography, and avid exploration. A resident of Warner, New Hampshire, where he lives with his wife and daughter, Larry has called an old New England farmhouse home since 1975. He is the author of It Happened in Massachusetts and several outdoor recreation guides.