On Halloween, an iron shipwreck at Niagara Falls was moved out of place for the first time in 101 years during the wild Halloween storm we had. Since the move of the Niagara Falls shipwreck, many pictures have appeared that show what the ship looks like today. The Iron Scow is a rare relic that lives on from a time that was so different than ours today. 

This Halloween, an intense storm brought in winds so fast, that it was able to tip the shipwreck over on its side and move it about 50 meters closer to the edge.

Due to its long time in the water, it has significantly deteriorated and rusted, which may have been a reason for it to have been tipped over by the unusually high 94km/h winds. 

However, while it was caught moving for the first time in 101 years, it looks like it may now be stuck in the new position on its side.

David Adames, CEO of Niagara Parks, told CBC that they are not anticipating that the shipwreck will move much more. However, that could change though, as the boat continues to break down by rust over time.

"It looks secure at the moment; however, if there's severe weather that comes along, it may shift it some more."

The staff is monitoring the scow via security cameras for any sign that it might budge again. 


Why is a 101-year-old ship in Niagara though? It turns out Niagara Parks has a brief history of the scow that we think is worth sharing.

On August 6, 1918, two men were left stranded when the iron scow they were on broke away from it's towing tug and found themselves just 600 meters away from the edge of the Horseshoe Falls on the moving iron ship.

They opened the bottom dumping doors, which flooded the ship's compartments and lodged the entire scow into the shallow but extremely fast-moving waters. They were stuck there until the next day, which is how long it took for the rescue to be complete.

Some of the photos from that time still exist. Check them out below.

When they flooded the scow's compartments, it was enough to slow down the ship that was well on its way to plunge down Horseshoe Falls.

At a decreased speed, the scow then hit a bunch of rocks on the rapids, where it remained securely positioned for the next 101 years. 


They didn't see a feasible way to bring the scow back with them, and it has been stuck there ever since, unmoved. 

Now, the ship stays stuck in Niagara Falls and is a popular tourist destination that Canadians still flock to today. 

There are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.


Comments are now closed.
Account Settings
Share Feedback
Log Out

Register this device to receive push notifications