Three vintage photographs documenting the detonation of Flood Rock in the East River, October 10, 1885. New York, photographer Baab.
Three vintage photographs documenting the detonation of Flood Rock in the East River, October 10, 1885
Three vintage photographs documenting the detonation of Flood Rock in the East River, October 10, 1885

Three vintage photographs documenting the detonation of Flood Rock in the East River, October 10, 1885.

[New York]: October 10, 1885.

Three vintage albumen prints on mounts, captioned beneath the image in type, “Raab, Photo. / 1536 3d Ave, N.Y.” each dated Oct. 10th 1885 and titled “Before the Explosion …,” “Explosion of …,” and “After the Explosion of Flood Rock”. 3 vols. Each 6-1/8 x 9-3/8 inches (visible). Matted and framed, some light spotting to images and matte Item #255243

An extraordinary photographic record of the controlled detonation of Flood Rock in the narrow tidal straight called Hell Gate in New York City’s East River. The detonation was part of a nearly 70-year project to improve the navigability of the Hell Gate channel — found at the meeting of the East River, Harlem River, and Long Island Sound. The explosion of Flood Rock, which was some nine acres in area, required 300,000 pounds of dynamite. It was one of the largest man-made explosions in the pre-atomic era — the blast was felt as far away as Princeton and created a geyser of water 250 feet tall. Fifty thousand spectators lined both shores of the East River to view the spectacle.

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