SEE IT: Brutal storms dislodged a ship stranded at Niagara Falls for over 100 years

New York Daily News 1 month ago

Shrieking winds and heavy rainfall shifted a large iron ship that had been stuck on a rocky perch at Niagara Falls for over 100 years.

Niagara Parks tweeted dramatic video of the roiling rapids spinning the iron scow onto its side.

Senior manager of heritage Jim Hill at Niagara Parks said in the video the ship also appeared to flip over on Halloween night.

“We think it turned and twisted in the very heavy current and flow of the river," Hill said.

The scow originally became stranded on Aug. 6, 1918, when it broke away from its tow on the Canadian side of the Niagara River. It eventually drifted into the middle of the river and became stuck near the Ontario and New York border on a perch.

Two men were on the scow at the time and flooded it in order to slow it down and prevent it from going over the falls. The men, Gustav Lofberg and James Harris, were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after the ship stopped moving.

The ship’s new spot in the river took it closer to Horseshoe Falls and experts like Hill aren’t sure whether or not its new resting place is permanent.

“It could be stuck there for days … or it could be stuck there for years. It’s anyone’s guess,” he said in the video.

If the ship were to be dislodged again in severe weather, the parks said it would take precautions to ensure no one was endangered should the scow threaten to go over the falls.


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