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Old 12-21-2017, 09:09 PM
Location: Niagara county
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Old 12-30-2017, 05:43 PM
Location: Crossville, Tn.
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This one's for the southtowners, Lake View in particular. Around '72 or '73 a giant lake freighter broke loose from across the lake in Canada in a bad storm and beached about a hundred yards from shore about a half mile south of where Old Lake Shore Rd. split off from Rt. 5. in Lake View. It was a big one, hundreds of feet long.

The ship was stuck there for a couple of years, from what I remember. Several attempts using tugboats were made to try and free it. It was quite a show as the cliffs in that stretch of Old Lake Shore Rd. are at least 50 ft. high over looking the lake. The cliffs were lined with people watching.

All of us local kids, seemed like hundreds, made that giant, filthy, super dangerous, abandoned ship our own personal playground. In the summer we'd swim out to it, in the winter we'd walk over the ice to it. Of course all the parents told us to STAY AWAY FROM THAT SHIP! But really, what kid could stay away? I remember somebody pried open a hatch close to the waterline, that hatch stayed open the whole time. We had the run of the entire ship, for a couple of years. Just picture it, kids as young as 12-13 up to young adults swarming all over that ship, for a long time! Looking back I can't believe the cops or the ship owners or some authority didn't secure that ship. We were glad they didn't.

Long shot, but anybody from Lake View remember this?
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