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38th Anniversary Of The Sinking Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
Fox 17 West Michigan ^ | 11/10/2013 | Chris Poturalski

Posted on 11/10/2013 5:29:09 PM PST by LukeL

LAKE SUPERIOR- November 10th marks the day that the S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank on Lake Superior in 1975 with 29 souls on board.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History
KEYWORDS: 38thanniversary; edmundfitzgerald; greatlakes; michigan; ship; shipping; sinking; superior
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1 posted on 11/10/2013 5:29:09 PM PST by LukeL
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To: LukeL

Well I feel ancient.


2 posted on 11/10/2013 5:30:01 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

IBTGLL


3 posted on 11/10/2013 5:30:50 PM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Its said she never gives up her dead.

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4 posted on 11/10/2013 5:33:45 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: LukeL

bttt


5 posted on 11/10/2013 5:35:14 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: LukeL
I remember the song. Actually, the song is why I remember the ship. Always wondered what it looked like.


6 posted on 11/10/2013 5:38:19 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: UCANSEE2

I saw the boat (On the lakes they’re boats or “lakers”) at the Soo Locks a few weeks before she sank.


7 posted on 11/10/2013 5:40:26 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: LukeL

If I’d known I would have picked up a six pack of Great Lakes Brewing Company’s brew of that name and toasted the lost souls. As it is, I’m sipping Pinot noir, so I’ll toast anyway.


8 posted on 11/10/2013 5:41:34 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: PhiloBedo
Here ya go!

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" - Gordon Lightfoot (HD w/ Lyrics)

Everyone grab a hanky.

9 posted on 11/10/2013 5:42:29 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: LukeL

The legend came down from the Chippewa on down ‘bout the big lake they call Gitchegumi...


10 posted on 11/10/2013 5:42:38 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: goodwithagun

I think it was in 1912 or 1913 that more than a dozen boats went down in a big storm this time of year.


11 posted on 11/10/2013 5:43:44 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I used to compete in small bore nationals at Camp Perry every summer. Since becoming a mommy my competition desires have been put on the back burner, lol. The lakes are beautiful and deadly at the same time. I always took time during my week there to gaze at Erie and she sometimes looked creepy. I would even shiver. Growing up near Cleveland, the lakes were just something we always knew about. Now I’m in the Ohio Valley and people think of them as something exotic. Strange what small geographical distances mean to our world view.


12 posted on 11/10/2013 5:50:45 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun
1913 Great Lakes storm reminder of nature's fury

250 killed.
13 posted on 11/10/2013 5:52:18 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: goodwithagun

I live all but 5 miles from Lake Michigan. We know the Great Lakes can be very deadly, 30 foot waves are not unheard of.


14 posted on 11/10/2013 5:57:39 PM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: UCANSEE2

I remember the news of the sinking.


15 posted on 11/10/2013 6:00:14 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: goodwithagun

We’re almost neighbors. (lower SE Michigan) Spent many vacations as a kid on at least one of the Great Lakes, mostly Michigan and Huron. The fury and size of the Lakes are not to be taken lightly. Lake Michigan has a lot of fury and some really bad undertows, but is not near as scary as Superior.

Erie has a way of seeming friendly, but changes her mind and mood quickly.


16 posted on 11/10/2013 6:06:12 PM PST by madison10
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To: madison10; LukeL

There were many times when cease fires were ordered during matches because boats would sail across the end of the backstop (although it was posted Do Not Enter) in an effort to outrun a sudden storm.


17 posted on 11/10/2013 6:12:55 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: madison10

The Ed Fitz began life as a coal burner. She was converted to N6 oil a few years after 1958.


18 posted on 11/10/2013 6:13:23 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: madison10

Also, I hate OSU and cheer for Michigan every year!


19 posted on 11/10/2013 6:13:51 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

Bless you. LOL (with Michigan’s record, I may be more of a Michigan State fan)


20 posted on 11/10/2013 6:19:13 PM PST by madison10
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To: cripplecreek

We were up north when it went down, but that was long before cell phones and web, so we learned of it from the next morning’s front page at some diner. It seemed like the GL song came out the next day, but of course it took a while. I’ve never much liked the song, but the line that gets me every time is, “the church bell chimed, it rang 29 times for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

I prefer a different Canadian songwriter:
https://www.youtube.com/results?hl=en&q=stan+rogers+from+fresh+water&gbv=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=w1


21 posted on 11/10/2013 6:29:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: combat_boots

I have many fond memories of summers spent on that big lake, Gitchegumi. Particularly a park called Grand Haven.


22 posted on 11/10/2013 6:36:35 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: goodwithagun

M Go Blue!


23 posted on 11/10/2013 6:38:33 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: LukeL

I visited the Duluth Maritime Museum a couple of summers ago. Needless to say, the EF features prominently.

Saw an ore carrier go through the lift bridge into the harbor, which was pretty cool.


24 posted on 11/10/2013 6:41:31 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FrdmLvr

:)


25 posted on 11/10/2013 6:45:09 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: UCANSEE2

It’s sort of awful, isn’t it? The accident was so dreadful, but it’s such a great song. I feel like Gordon Lightfoot was completely inspired by God in writing that song. I know that is true of many songs, but I was just struck by it after I watched a documentary about the sinking.


26 posted on 11/10/2013 6:54:51 PM PST by jocon307
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To: cripplecreek

Are you also a mariner?


27 posted on 11/10/2013 6:55:00 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: goodwithagun

Knew from southwest Ohio. First time in Cleveland he walked to end of the 9th street pier and just stood and stared.

When finally asked if he was okay he drawled “I’m fine. It’s just that I’ve never seen so much water before.”


28 posted on 11/10/2013 6:57:08 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: LukeL; SunkenCiv; cripplecreek
Thank You For Posting LukeL!

You shouldn't feel Ancient Cripple.

I love learning about wrecks at sea, the Edmund Fitzgerald was a proud testament to hardworking Americans.

I was born 13 years after the Fitzgerald Sunk and Gordon Lightfoot song is literally my favorite Song of All Time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgI8bta-7aw

Gichigami truly does never give up her dead.


29 posted on 11/10/2013 6:57:19 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Cold Heart

Not me. I’ve never been any further than the shoreline. (Actually I did take a trip to Wisconsin on the Badger as a very young kid.)


30 posted on 11/10/2013 6:57:32 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: LukeL

I grew up in northern Michigan, we lived right on lake Michigan. To this day, I still remember that storm and night, and reading about the Fitzgerald in the paper the next day, I still get chills thinking about it.


31 posted on 11/10/2013 7:01:00 PM PST by machman
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To: FreedomPoster
My wife's from Duluth. I have an aunt there. In fact, her second husband designed the support (non-propulsion) systems for the Fitz.

That boat looms large in the lore of the Shore. And "the witch of November" is real. If you've ever seen Superior when she's angry, you'll never forget it.

32 posted on 11/10/2013 7:13:52 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: LukeL

I have some photos of the Edmund Fitzgerald I took while I was visiting the Soo Locks back in the early 70’s. It was about two years later when she went down.


33 posted on 11/10/2013 7:17:45 PM PST by OldMissileer
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To: LukeL; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle

Rammed by the Cat Stevens.


34 posted on 11/10/2013 7:18:51 PM PST by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: goodwithagun

I shot a few M-16 rounds at Camp Perry. We had a tornado come through one June night.


35 posted on 11/10/2013 7:21:13 PM PST by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: IronJack

We have friends who built a really serious Summer house on the lake on Lake Ave. I don’t think I ever want to be there in Winter.


36 posted on 11/10/2013 7:29:44 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Gamecock

Would love to get my hands on fully auto! Yeah, I was there for a “microburst.” It was not fun.


37 posted on 11/10/2013 7:36:28 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: IronJack
Superior is a beautiful killer. Lots of teenage boys have been lost because they can't resist the piers and breakwaters in storms.

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38 posted on 11/10/2013 7:38:36 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jocon307

Everything I read about the sinking indicates that it was a relatively quick event. It didn’t drag on for hours like the song indicates. If they knew that the ship was in real danger, it would have been only for a few minutes.


39 posted on 11/10/2013 7:39:02 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: KC_Lion

In 1976-77, they played that song every morning on the radio station where I went to college.


40 posted on 11/10/2013 7:39:10 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: cripplecreek; All

Thanks for the ping; thread. The lore of Lake Superior in a hauntingly beautiful melody by Lightfoot. One of my mom’s (RIP) favorites as she was born and raised in the Keweenaw peninsula jutting out into Lake Superior.

Condolence to the families of all who have perished in the Great Lakes.

Man vs. nature BUMP!


41 posted on 11/10/2013 7:41:24 PM PST by PGalt
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To: LukeL

OOPS! (thanks very much for posting, LukeL)


42 posted on 11/10/2013 7:42:51 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Yes, that was the impression I got from the documentary I watched. I was also surprised to see what a large ship it was. It’s really scary to think that can happen on a lake.


43 posted on 11/10/2013 7:45:09 PM PST by jocon307
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To: cripplecreek

I was being punny. Ancient mariner

I’ve seen the Badger in Manitowoc. She’s still running but the enviro nazis have been trying to shut her down. Last coal burner on the Lakes.


44 posted on 11/10/2013 7:49:39 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: LukeL

Even though I now live on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay now, I have a copy of James Clary’s print of the Edmund Fitzgerald on my wall.


45 posted on 11/10/2013 8:13:54 PM PST by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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To: LukeL

If you go to the maritime museum up in Duluth MN there are displays (photos etc) of some of the most notable wrecks/sinkings on the lakes. Oddly enough, almost all of them are in November. Apparently November is *not* a good time to be on the lakes.


46 posted on 11/10/2013 8:17:18 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: goodwithagun

You really had me with you until this post. Go, Bucks! :-)


47 posted on 11/10/2013 8:46:41 PM PST by man_in_tx (Blowback (Faithfully farting twowards Mecca five times daily).)
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To: cripplecreek

What a photo!


48 posted on 11/10/2013 8:48:56 PM PST by man_in_tx (Blowback (Faithfully farting twowards Mecca five times daily).)
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To: LukeL
I ever made the connection until today, but on that night I was celebrating the 200th birthday of the Marine Corps. I was stationed at MCAS El Toro and we had a six pack chilling in our sink when an officer came through to inspect. He saw the beer, but was kind enough to “overlook” it!
49 posted on 11/10/2013 9:17:11 PM PST by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: LukeL

My Dad fishing, not sure where it was taken(Blue Water area?)but remember getting a big kick out of watching the freighters go by.

I also remember the night the Fitzgerald went down. I was shoveling snow for a neighbor and heard about it on the news when I got home...was a pretty wicked storm for that early in the season.

50 posted on 11/10/2013 10:02:08 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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