The world is watching after barge dislodges above Niagara Falls after 100 years
If you've ever visited Niagara Falls, then you've probably seen or heard of the iron scow that's been perched above the falls for over 100 years.
The ship has been stuck in the same position in the upper Niagara River approximately 600 metres from the edge of the Horseshoe falls since August 6, 1918.
But on Halloween night, some extreme weather conditions caused the barge to shift for the first time in over a century.
Severe weather conditions experienced on Thursday October 31st, 2019 Halloween night, caused the iron scow to shift from its position of 101 years. Before image on the left and after image on the right #NiagaraFalls 🇨🇦 #NiagaraParks 🍁 pic.twitter.com/qRmRI96ujq— Niagara Falls Canada (@NFallsCanada) November 4, 2019
"For many years Canadians had a great view of the scow," said Jim Hill, Senior Manager of Heritage for Niagara Parks, in a video.
He said the scow has been badly deteriorating in the last couple of years.
"It appears to have sort of flipped on its side and spun around," he said. "It's not in the exact same spot it was yesterday."
He said he believes the barge has shifted about 50 metres down river from its original location, and it could remain stuck where it is now for days or even years.
Park officials are continuing to monitor the boat.
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
History of the Iron Scow Rescue: https://t.co/9Pehx8dabS pic.twitter.com/AG4nfLrzXx
Meanwhile, residents from all over the world seem taken with the story of the century-old boat.
I have vivid memories of my dad, my grandma and my grandpa all driving my by the Iron Scow above Niagara Falls and telling me its story. This is fascinating! https://t.co/4PABf8ziXi— Matt Gephardt (@GetGephardt) November 5, 2019
Many are making the trek out to the falls to see its new positioning.
A steady stream of people are coming to Niagara Falls, Ont. to see the iconic “Iron Scow” after powerful winds moved & flipped the vessel. The “Scow” had been in the same spot for 101 years near the top of Horseshoe Falls.@WKBW @NiagaraParks @NiagaraFalls @NiagaraFallsUSA pic.twitter.com/vYGjGio1vx— Ed Reilly (@WKBWedreilly) November 4, 2019
While some can't believe they'd never heard of it to begin with.
Two things I didn't know:— Ryan Seals (@RealsSeals) November 5, 2019
1) The word "scow"
2) That there is a rusty old barge stuck above Niagara Falls https://t.co/XPD6bkfeQT
Others are disappointed that the boat has shifted from its historic, long-lasting location.
As someone born and raised in Niagara Falls, I'm sad to hear the century-old scow is no longer in its historic resting place. This must be how a Torontonian would feel if the Skydome were ever moved. https://t.co/ApYk4I1u19— Alex Colangelo (@AlexColangelo) November 4, 2019
On the night of October 31, Environment Canada reported wind gusts between 50 and 80 km for the Niagara Falls region. Winds then reached a maximum speed of 94 km/h around midnight.
The region was also hit with intense rainfall that night.
And although the ship is now closer than ever to toppling over the Falls, it's anyone's guess how long it could remain in its brand new position.
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