Boston Disasters

Boston Disasters
Boston Disasters & Misfortunate Accidents

 

Blizzards & Storms

Blizzard of 1888 
Hurricane of 1804 
Hurricane of 1938 
Blizzard of 1978 
Perfect Storm, 1991

Urban Blizzard Survival 
Urban Hurricane Survival 

Fires

Great Boston Fire, 1787 
Ropewalk District Fire, 1794 
Exchange Coffee House Fire, 1818 
Beacon Street Fire, 1824 
Bake House Fire, 1831 - 5 Killed 
Brattle Square Fire, 1845 - 2 Firefighters Killed 
Chickering Piano Works Fire, 1852 - 1 Policeman Killed  
Gerrish Market Fire, 1856 
Federal Street Fire, 1858 - 2 Firefighters Killed + 2 Civilians 
Boston Steam Bakery Fire, 1859 - 2 Killed 
Great Boston Fire, 1872 
Lincoln Street Fire, 1893 - 5 Killed 
Luongo's Restaurant Fire, 1942 - 6 Firefighters Killed 
Cocoanut Grove Fire, 1942 - 491 Killed + 1 Suicide 
Cocoanut Grove Fire Official Cause 
Sallinger's Fire, 1942 
Paramount Hotel Fire, 1966 - 11 Killed 
1800 Club Fire, 1971 
Vendome Hotel Fire, 1972 - 9 Firefighters Killed 
East Boston Gas Explosion, 1983 

Aviation Accidents

Balloon Crash, Queen of the Air, 1861 
Plane Crash, Harriet Quimby, 1912 -2 Killed 
Plane Crash, Icy Weather, 1948 
Plane Crash, James Conway Heroism, 1954 - 1 Killed 
Plane Crash by Bird-Strike, 1960 - 62 Killed 
Plane Crash off Runway, 1961 
Eastern Airlines Hijacking, 1970 - Copilot Killed 
Plane Crash into Seawall, 1973 - 89 Killed 
Plane Crash off Runway, 1982 - 2 Killed 

Railroad Accidents

Salem Train Wreck, 1848 - 6 Killed 
Charles River Wreck Wreck, 1862 - 5 Killed 
Athol Bridge Wreck, 1870 - 4 Killed 
Revere Train Wreck, 1871 - 29 Killed 
Revere Disaster Story, 1871 
Vermont Central Wreck, 1887 - 40 Killed 
Bussey Bridge Collapse, 1887 - 37 Killed  
Haverhill Bridge Wreck, 1888 - 12 Killed 
West Canaan Wreck, 1907 - 26 Killed 
Everett Oil Tanker Crash, 1966 - 12 Killed 

MBTA Accidents

Tremont Street Gas Explosion, 1897 - 6 Killed 
Court Street Accident, 1906 - 1 Killed 
Haymarket Elevated Train Collision, 1906 
North Station Siding Accident, 1906 
Motte Street Derailment, 1907 
Guild Street Accident, 1913 
Summer Street Bridge Disaster, 1916 - 47 Killed 
North Station Crash, 1917 
Forest Hills Derailment, 1921 
Harvard Square Collision, 1922 
Harvard Square Bus Crash, 1944 - 2 Killed  
Atlantic Avenue Station Fire, 1949 - 3 Killed 
North Station Explosion, 1959 - 1 Killed 
Kenmore Subway Flood, 1962 

Earthquakes

Earthquake of 1663 
Earthquake of 1727 
Earthquake of 1755 
Earthquake of 1846 
Earthquake of 1852 
Earthquake of 1869 

Epidemics

Great Influenza, 1918 
Smallpox Epidemics 

Other Tragedies

Boston Molasses Flood, 1919 - 21 Killed 
Halifax Explosion, 1919 - 2,000 Killed 
The 1978 Boston Red Sox 

Colonial Disasters

Lightning Strike, 1726 
Solar Flare, 1730 

Massachusetts Related

Salisbury Tornado, 1773 
Northampton Tornado, 1877 - 3 Killed 
Petersham Tornado, 1788 - 1 Killed 
Reading Tornado, 1857 
New England's Dark Day, 1780 
New England's Dark Day Witness Account 
Year Without a Summer, 1816 
Pemberton Mill Collapse, 1860 - 169 Killed 
Mary Celeste Mystery, 1872 - 9 Presumed Dead 
Yellow Day, 1881 
Great Lynn Fire, 1889 
Lawrence Tornado, 1890 
Tewksbury Explosion, 1903 
Great Chelsea Fire, 1908 
Great Chelsea Fire, 1973 
Columbia, 2003 

Shipwrecks

Schooner Catherine Nichols, Nahant, 1839 

New England Related

Wallingford Tornado (CT), 1878 

 

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