Video Shows Historic Ship Marooned for Over 100 Years, Edging Closer to the Falls

By Reuters

Will it or won’t it go over the Falls?

A historic ship that was marooned for over 101 years has in recent days edged closer to Niagara’s treacherous falls, a historian with the Niagara Parks Commission said.

“It appears…on Halloween, that the Scow shifted,” Jim Hill, Manager for Heritage at the Niagara Parks Commission said of the “Iron Scow.”

The shipwrecked “Iron Scow” was the site of a daring rescue of two stranded sailors in August of 1918 and for over a century, the entire length of the massive vessel could be seen jutting from the water.

“So, for many years, Canadians had a great view of the Scow,” Hill said.

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Waves crashing against the side of the “Iron Scow” ship in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. (Still image from video via Reuters)
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Waves crashing against the side of the “Iron Scow” ship in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. (Still image from video via Reuters)

“It’s been deteriorating badly. And we have aerial footage from last year when we wanted to mark the centennial of the rescue that took place on Aug. 7, 1918.”

On Nov. 1, only one of the ship’s side walls was visible.

By Monday, Nov. 4, the vessel appeared to have turned over and edged closer to the rushing waters of Niagara’s famous falls.

NTD staff contributed to this report.