100 Years Old Shipwreck On Top of Niagara Falls Breaks Free, Moving Closer To The Edge

100 Years Old Shipwreck On Top of Niagara Falls

A shipwreck is stuck for a century near the end of Niagara Falls just broke free and crawled toward Horseshoe Falls.

Niagara Parks in Ontario, Canada said the iron scow was hit by harsh weather on Halloween and went about 164 feet downriver.

“The scow shifted,” said Jim Hill, senior manager of heritage for the organization, reporting that the storm flipped the ship on its side and turned it around.

“It could be stuck there for days or it could be stuck there for years,” he said in a video released by the parks online. “It’s anyone’s guess.”

Niagara Parks said the dumping scow burst free from its tug on Aug. 6, 1918, and started rushing toward Horseshoe Falls, the biggest of the falls at Niagara. The two men on board opened the dumping doors, flooding the chambers and sunk the ship to run aground in some rapids just one-third of a mile from the edge. The two men were saved in a dramatic rescue involving a lifeline shot from the roof of a nearby power station.

Niagara Parks told the CBC that the scow doesn’t appear to be in imminent danger of going over.

It looks secure at the moment,” CEO David Adames told the network. “However, if there’s severe weather that comes along, it may shift it some more.”

Niagara Parks Police warned local tour operators about the ship’s movement.

We don’t believe any of the scow would actually float,” Police Chief Paul Forcier told Weather.com. “But we notified to let them know in case pieces are capable of being swept away from its original site.”


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