It was a hot August night and thousands of spectators were holding their breath as a young, wounded soldier shimmied out on a thick rope towards two men stranded in the raging Niagara River just above Horseshoe Falls.
Large floodlights were quickly installed so everyone could watch the dangerous rescue attempt. William “Red” Hill, just back from the trenches of W.W. 1 where he had been shot, was being smacked by white water as he went hand-over-hand out to a run-away construction barge that – fortunately – ran aground before plunging over the precipice. Two Chicago construction workers onboard were practically paralyzed by fear and exhaustion.
Today, 95 years later, the barge still sits there teasing the imaginations of millions of Niagara Falls visitors.