FBG Project D-036
• Source: FBG-Sweet's
Pumping Plant & Tanks for Boston Molasses Co
- Demolished, date unknown.
This was a large concrete foundation, storage tanks, sheds and pumping plant, built dockside for ship unloading and storage of molasses.
Molasses was a huge commodity in Boston through the middle of the 20th century, mostly processed into industrial grain alcohol. It was shipped in from the Caribbean and other sugar-growing regions and stored by the million gallons in gigantic, usually wooden tanks. Pumping the thick substance under varying temperatures proved a difficult engineering feat.
Gilbreth engineer William H. Larkin was site superintendent for this project, significant technical details of which were apparently designed and worked out by FBG.
- In 1919, a molasses tank holding some 2M gallons ruptured and flooded a considerable area of the Boston waterfront, causing 21 deaths and 150 injuries. This was not the tank or company (Purity Distilling Co) involved in that disaster.
- Substantial Engineering Record article of 17 Sep 1904
Demolished, date unknown.