Definition of scow
What does scow mean?
- any of various flat-bottomed boats with sloping ends
- more generic word: boat = a small vessel for travel on water
- a barge carrying bulk materials in an open hold
- A large flat-bottomed boat, having broad, square ends.
- To transport in a scow.
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Farrow's military encyclopedia (1895)
a dictionary of military knowledge by Edward Samuel Farrow
The United States steam-drilling scow was first introduced in the ...
The Encyclopaedia of sport (1900)
by Henry Charles Howard Suffolk and Berkshire (Earl of)
Ice may be kept in excellent order for figure-skating by the use of only one tool — the " Wimbledon Scow" (Fig. 1). This (to quote Mr. Dryden in Figun'-Skating Simple and Combined, by F1g. 1. The "W1mbledon Scow." Monier-Williams, Pidgeon ...
The Encyclopaedia Britanica (1888)
A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature. Supplement
lant, as used in 1869, consisted of a floating scow aving an openin of 32 feet diameter in its centre, through which a iarge hemispherical iron bell open both at top and bottom, was lowered to the rock below.
The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ships and Boats (2003)
SCHVYT SCOW The word Scow probably comes from the Dutch, "schouw," which was ...
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- Pirate Scow
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- The Old Scow
Picture taken from the Niagara River Parkway, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
About the Scow:
The Niagara Scow (also called "The Old Scow") is the unofficial name of the wreck of a small scow that brought two men perilously close to plunging over the Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the Niagara Falls. The wreck can still be seen, upstream of the falls.
On August 6 1918, Gustave Luffberg and Frank Harris were aboard the scow dredging up sand banks from the Niagara River upstream of the waterfall. When tugboat captain John Wallace brought the Hassayampa over to bring the scow back to shore however, it broke loose and began floating downriver rapidly towards the falls.
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.
Since a rescue boat was out of the question, the Niagara Falls (Ontario) Fire Department tried using a grappling gun to shoot a life line out towards the barge, from atop the roof of the Toronto Power House while awaiting the arrival of the US Coast Guard from Youngstown, New York to bring a heavier grappling gun. When the US Coast Guard did arrive, they managed to send a lifeline over to the barge, and both marooned men made it safely back to shore via breeches buoy, 17 hours after they first found themselves drifting towards the falls. The hero of the day was noted riverman William "Red" Hill Sr., who tirelessly ventured out to free the tangled breeches buoy line several times throughout the night, and eventually assisted the men to safety. Hill was awarded the Carnegie Medal for his efforts. Hill and his sons would be involved in many other river rescues and recoveries in the next several decades.
At present the scow still remains in place, highly visible, caught on the shoal just out of reach of the Niagara Falls. There is now a plaque across from it on the Canadian side, explaining the history of the wreck.
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- The historic scow schooner "Alma"
Built in 1891, the design was aimed specifically at hauling cargo in the shallow waters of the San Francisco Bay and San Joaquin delta.
The Alma is one of the few of her type to survive and is still sailed regularly - details at...
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- Empty Scow (Venice, Italy)
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- Adam Scow and Rogene Reynolds
Delta activists. At 18 Reasons.
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Scrabble value of S1C3O1W4
The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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