We've all seen some pretty strange things on the beaches here in Western New York.  But it's not every day that you see one of these wash up.

We've seen strange fish that seem like they don't belong, clothing that makes you wonder how that person got home, and even some people on Lake Erie's beaches early in the morning.  But it's not every day that you see one of these...

According to The Southtowns Scanner, somewhere along the line, a rather large barge ran aground overnight. It ended up near Van Buren Point in Dunkirk.

Of course, it's not uncommon to see barges on Lake Erie.  It's uncommon to see them on the beach first thing in the morning though.

According to greatlakesports.org, "Each year more than 160 million tons of waterborne cargo is transported within the region or to overseas destinations."  The Great Lakes are actually all connected by rivers, so with the help of locks, cargo can be transported from Minnesota all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

"Lake Superior drains into Lake Huron via the St. Mary’s River. Lake Huron drains into Lake Erie via the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers. Lake Erie drains into Lake Ontario via the Niagara River. The entire system flows to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence River."

So we know what the barge was probably doing.  What we don't know is how it got there, why it's there, who was driving at the time, and how in the heck they're going to get it back out to the lake.


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