The rough weather on Thursday pushed the vessel off its rocky perch and closer to the falls of the Canadian side, according to the Niagara Parks Commission.
In a video produced by the Niagara Parks Commission on Friday, an official, Jim Hill, said that while the barge was not moving at the moment, it appeared to have "rolled over and rotated."
The story of how the barge rests just above the falls is part of local history. It involves rescuing two men from nearby Buffalo, according to Hill, who is the senior inheritance manager at the Parks Commission.
In 1918, a ship known as a dumping catch was excluded from its tow – with two men on board – during a dredging operation, according to the Commission, an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports. Scout was stranded in the Niagara River, about 650 yards away from the shy Horseshoe Falls, one of the three separate waterfalls that make up the Niagara Falls.
Local law enforcement began fighting to save the two men, James Harris and Gustav Lofberg. Rescue by boat was not considered safe or even possible to try. Instead, buoys were released – but the lines became entangled according to the timeline the Parks Commission has announced for the 100th anniversary.
With the help of a brave World War I veterinarian named William the Red Hill, the lines were sorted out and the men were finally rescued the next day.
While the Iron Boat worsened badly over the centuries, it was exposed to the elements, the scout remained firmly fixed on a rock that came out from August 1918. That is, until Thursday – Halloween – when wind gusts and rainstorms cleared the fall and on the barge.
Niagara Park staff continue to monitor livestock activity in the event of relocation. Hill says the remains can be stuck in their new perch "for days or years. That's somebody's assumption. "