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[Joseph Avery stranded on rocks in the Niagara River]

[Joseph Avery stranded on rocks in the Niagara River]

 
 
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Three men boating in the Niagara River were overwhelmed by the river's strong current, lost control of their boat, and crashed into a rock. The current carried two men immediately over the Falls to their deaths. The daguerreotype shows the third man, stranded on a log which had jammed between two rocks. He weathered the current for eighteen hours before succumbing to the river. The image is an early example of a news photograph.

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01/01/1853
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Babbitt, Platt D., -1879, photographer
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