Charles Stephens
April 12, 2019
Charles Stephens

On July 11, 1920, the third person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel was Charles Stephens, a 58 year old barber from Bristol, England. He had a blacksmith’s anvil with him to use as a ballast. His goal was to become famous by surviving his daring stunt and traveling around with his barrel, giving lectures. Someone asked, “Suppose you don’t come back.” “No use supposing.”, replied Stephens. “You does it or you doesn’t. I bet I does.”Unfortunately, he didn’t. The 600 lb. wooden barrel was broken to pieces. All that the Niagara River gave up was a complete right arm, which washed up on the Canadian shore, near the Maid of the Mist landing. His poor widow identified it by a tattoo. His regular customers in England had to find someone else to cut their hair.

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