The boat that has been stuck on rocks above Niagara Falls for more than a century actually moved late last week because of the high winds and heavy rains. Thursday’s harsh weather pushed the vessel away from its rocky perch and closer to the falls on the Canadian side, according to the Niagara Parks Commission. In a video produced by Niagara Parks Commission on Friday, an official, Jim Hill, said the barge, while not currently moving, appears to have “flipped on its side and spun around.”
The severe weather conditions experienced yesterday have caused the iron scow, which has remained lodged in the powerful upper rapids above the Falls for over a century, to shift significantly from its position.
— Niagara Parks (@NiagaraParks) November 1, 2019
In 1918, a vessel known as a dumping scow became disconnected from its tug boat with two men aboard during a dredging operation, according to the Commission. The scow got stranded in the Niagara River, some 650 yards shy of Horseshoe Falls. Local law enforcement agencies began scrambling to rescue the two men. A boat rescue wasn’t considered safe or even feasible to attempt. Instead, buoys were launched — but the lines became tangled, according to the timeline the Parks Commission published for the 100th anniversary. With the help of a courageous World War I vet named William “Red” Hill, the lines were sorted out and the men were finally rescued the next day. The Niagara Parks staff is continuing to monitor the activity of the scow, in the event it moves again. Hill says the remains might be stuck in their new perch “for days or for years. It’s anyone’s guess.”
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