A Halloween storm caused the iron dumping scow that's been stuck in place at the top of Niagara Falls to move significantly for the first time in more than 100 years.
Canada's Niagara Parks revealed that the October 31 storm produced severe weather and heavy overnight currents, which moved the disposal barge downriver an estimated 164 feet from where it had been stuck since August 6, 1918.
Niagara Parks Commission superintendent of heritage Jim Hill said in a video posted on Facebook that the boat 'appears to have flipped on it's side and spun around, it's not in the exact same spot as it was' on Friday.
'What we think has happened now is it's turned and twisted in the very heavy current flow of the river and is stuck where it is now,' Hill added.
Winds were said to have reached 52mph in Niagara Falls during the storm.
Instagram user @noellecsinclair posted images of the scow in its new position on Saturday, noting that 'It was hard to tell how much it moved until you approached it from the other view. It moved a lot! It does look solidly wedged again. But very cool!'
The iron scow is said to be in badly deteriorating over the course of the 101 years since it was grounded in the shallow water near Toronto Generating Power Station in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
It 80-foot boat was got stuck after breaking loose from its tugboat during a dredging operation in August 1918. The scow then drifted and headed directly for the falls.
To prevent the boat from going over, the scow's two crewmen opened the dumping doors, which allowed the boat to get trapped on a bed of rocks beneath the shallow, rushing water.
The US Coast Guard and local Canadian authorities managed to carry out a dramatic rescue operation for the two men who were trapped aboard the scow.
The boat itself was left in place as it was decided that a salvage operation was not feasible, the Niagara Parks said.
The scow has remained in the same spot - about 2,000 feet - from the edge of the Horseshoe Falls since then, according to the Buffalo News.
After being moved by the storm, the boat became grounded again on a different set of rocks.
'It could be stuck there for days or it could be stuck there for years. It’s anyone’s guess,' Hill said in the video.
The Niagara Parks Police told The Standard that it has contacted Hornblower Niagara Cruises, Maid of the Mist, Ontario Power Generation, the New York State Power Authority and New York State Parks Police to ensure that the tour operators and state agencies were aware that the scow had moved.
'We don't believe any of the scow would actually float but we notified (the other agencies) to let them know in case pieces are capable of being swept away from its original site,' chief of the Niagara Parks Police Paul Forcier said.
Niagara Parks CEO David Adames told CBC that the scow 'looks secure at the moment; however, if there's severe weather that comes along, it may shift it some more.'
The agency plans to document the boat's move via photographs and geo-location and will be keeping a constant eye on it via a security camera.