Severe Weather Conditions Impact Legendary Iron Scow Lodged in Niagara River

November 5, 2019

Niagara Parks

Niagara Falls, ON – The severe weather conditions experienced yesterday afternoon and overnight have caused the iron scow, which has remained remarkably lodged in the powerful upper rapids above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls for over a century, to shift significantly from its position.

The scow has turned its position and has shifted down river toward the Falls; it remains lodged in the upper rapids. Niagara Parks staff continue to monitor the situation and updates will be shared as needed.

Despite considerable deterioration over the years, the scow, which was the site of a heroic rescue of the two stranded men aboard, has miraculously clung to its perch in the upper Niagara River since breaking loose from its towing tug on August 6, 1918.

One hundred years later, on August 6, 2018, Niagara Parks celebrated the anniversary of the iron scow and officially recognized the heroism of William “Red” Hill Sr. who rescued the two men on board. Part of the anniversary celebration was the unveiling of a set of interpretive panels that told the story of how the scow became stranded and the harrowing rescue that took place.


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For more information about the iron scow, please visit niagaraparks.com/scow

Niagara Parks

Niagara Parks

The Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.