Ontario’s Niagara Parks Hosts Centenary of Spectacular Iron Scow Rescue in Rapids above Niagara Falls – Monday, August 6th. 2018

Ceremony to include guest speakers, an historical address, rescue demonstration, special presentation and plaque and panel unveiling

An Invite to All from the Niagara Parks Commission

Re-Posted August 6th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – In celebration of the 100-year history of the iron scow, which to this day, remains remarkably lodged in the powerful upper rapids of the Niagara River and in recognition of the heroic rescue effort that took place, Niagara Parks will be hosting a commemorative event at Toronto Power Park on Monday, August 6 at 7 p.m.

One hundred years later, the rusted remains of the iron scow or barge remains locked on jagged rocks, where it was scuttled by its two-man crew in the roaring rapids above the Horseshoe Falls. Both men were rescued from the barge in the harrowing hours that followed. Photo courtesy of Niagara Parks

 On August 6, 1918, while involved with a dredging operation above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls on the American side of the Niagara River, a barge had broken loose from its tug boat, sending it drifting into the Niagara River’s midstream, eventually ending up grounded on rocks some 600 metres from the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Onboard the runaway scow were two American workers, which resulted in one of the most dramatic rescue efforts in the history of the Niagara River, led by William “Red” Hill Sr., a knowledgeable riverman, recognized hero and now iconic figure of Niagara folklore.

The commemorative ceremony will unveil a new plaque and set of panels that share the fascinating history of the iron scow, so that visitors may learn about the heroic rescue effort that took place, perilously close to the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

A photo of one of the two American crew members being rescued from the scow – drawn over the swift-flowing rapids above the Falls to shore on a cable – 100 years ago this Monday, August 6th

Also part of the commemoration will be a special nightly illumination of the scow, offering a glimpse into the dramatic scene from 100 years ago – the iron scow illuminated by searchlights as Red Hill Sr.’s heroic nighttime rescue efforts began.

The special illumination will take place nightly beginning on Friday, August 3 through to Sunday, August 19.

  • What:             Centenary of the Iron Scow Rescue
  • When:             Monday, August 6
  • Time:              7 p.m.             
  • Where:           Toronto Power Park (overlooking the site)
    6075 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls
  • Parking:         Parking is available at the Floral Showhouse or at the corner of Upper Rapids Boulevard and Portage Road. A free shuttle will be provided from this site to the event.

For more information, please visit niagaraparks.com/scow.

About Niagara Parks – Since its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Today, Niagara Parks boasts gardens, a horticulture school, recreation, golf courses, restaurants, heritage and historic sites, gift shops and, of course, Niagara Falls. In short, natural landscapes, history, family fun, hiking, culinary delights, attractions and adventure.

To read an account of this event from Wikipedia, click on – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niagara_Scow

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