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Niagara Falls in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Stranded Scow

 
 
Stranded Scow Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2014
1. Stranded Scow Marker
Inscription. On August 6, 1918, this dumping scow broke loose from its towing tug about 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) upriver, with Gustav F. Lofberg and James N. Harris aboard. The men opened the bottom dumping doors and the scow grounded in the shallow rapids. They were rescued the next day by breeches buoy, on a line shot out from the roof of the adjacent powerhouse.
 
Erected by The Niagara Parks Commission.
 
Location. 43° 4.238′ N, 79° 4.318′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is on Niagara Parkway just from Dufferin Isle Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Burch’s Mill (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Toronto Power Generating Station (about 240 meters away); Niagara Park Greenhouses (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Bridgewater Mills (approx. half a kilometer away); Nik Wallenda & Niagara (approx. one kilometer away in the U.S.); Niagara Falls Park and River Railway Powerhouse (approx.
Stranded Scow and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2014
2. Stranded Scow and Marker
The scow is the black object to the right of the fishermen at the fence.
one kilometer away); José María Heredia (approx. one kilometer away); Goat Island Flora (approx. 1.1 kilometers away in the U.S.). Click for a list of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Entry for the Stranded Scow. “There are conflicting reports whether Luffberg and Harris were able to release the false bottom of the scow to dump their load of sand and silt - but regardless, the boat got caught on a rock shoal 838 yards (766 m) from the edge of the falls, leaving the two Niagara Falls Power Company employees stranded in the middle of the raging torrents of water. Later reports suggest that Luffberg had tied a rope between himself and the scow as a safety precaution lest he fall overboard while the scow was still beached, while Harris tied one between himself and a free barrel.” (Submitted on December 20, 2014.) 

2. Wikipedia Entry for Breeches Buoy. “A breeches buoy is a crude rope-based rescue device used to extract people from wrecked vessels, or to transfer people from one location to another in situations of danger. The device resembles a round emergency personal flotation device with a leg harness attached. It is similar to a zip line.The
Scow Stranded in the Rapids of the Niagara River, Above the Falls image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2014
3. Scow Stranded in the Rapids of the Niagara River, Above the Falls
breeches buoy was usually deployed from either ship to ship, or ship to shore using a rocket, kite system, or a lyle gun, and allowed single person evacuations. A line is attached to the ship, and the person being rescued is pulled to shore in the breeches buoy which rides the line similar to a zip line.” (Submitted on December 20, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
<i>The Life Line</i> image. Click for full size.
Oil by Winslow Homer, 1884
4. The Life Line
This painting shows a breeches buoy in action. It is in the George Elkins Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This photograph of the painting is from Wikipedia Commons.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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