Daredevil Goes Over Niagara Falls in Special Steel Barrel (Sep, 1930)

Daredevil Goes Over Niagara Falls in Special Steel Barrel

VERY few people go over Niagara Falls and live to remember it. Most of those who went over the edge for a supreme thrill, went simultaneously to oblivion. When Red Hill, Canadian daredevil, went over in his specially constructed steel tank, however, he made history, instead of a mess.

Previous to his latest exploit he succeeded in navigating the treacherous upper and lower rapids of the falls. When he negotiated these perilous trips he was strapped into his tank, as shown in the drawing at the right.

The padding and bracing of the tank are so arranged as to protect him from any severe jolts. A heavy belt around the waist, supported by elastic bands, takes up the heaviest part of the shock, while hand and foot braces absorb the remaining jar.

3 comments
  1. Jilly says: November 7, 20088:45 am
  2. Mike says: November 7, 20085:34 pm

    What is the article on the sun forecasting hurricanes?

  3. Joel Dombrowski says: June 4, 20091:23 pm

    A few corrections. Red Hill, Sr. never went over Niagara Falls as reported. He was a renowned river man and received many awards for his bravery. However, he successfully navigated the lower rapids of the Niagara River (Class 6 whitewater!) in the metal contraption shown above. His son attempted to ‘go over the Falls’ in the 1950′s. He died making the attempt. Also Niagara Falls, AKA the Horseshoe Falls are not 196 tall. Most reliable sources say 185 feet is a more accurate height measurement.

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