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Thursday, June 20, 2024
Iron scow shifts toward falls after Thursday’s severe weather

Severe weather conditions experienced over Halloween night caused the iconic iron scow lodged in the Niagara River to shift significantly.

The steel copper bottomed sand barge became lodged in the upper rapids above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls on Aug. 6, 1918 and has remained lodged in place for the past 100 years.

Due to strong winds and weather conditions on Oct. 31, the scow has turned its position and shifted down river toward the falls, a Niagara Parks media release said.

The legendary iron scow’s 100 year anniversary was honoured last year with the unveiling of a set of interpretive panels telling the story of the scow, and the heroism of William “Red” Hill Sr., who rescued the two men trapped on the barge in 1918 when it came loose from its towing tug.

Niagara Parks staff continue to monitor the situation.

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