Skip to comments.38th Anniversary Of The Sinking Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
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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Well I feel ancient.
I saw the boat (On the lakes they’re boats or “lakers”) at the Soo Locks a few weeks before she sank.
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.
Everyone grab a hanky.
The legend came down from the Chippewa on down ‘bout the big lake they call Gitchegumi...
I think it was in 1912 or 1913 that more than a dozen boats went down in a big storm this time of year.
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.
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.
I remember the news of the sinking.
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.
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.
The Ed Fitz began life as a coal burner. She was converted to N6 oil a few years after 1958.
Also, I hate OSU and cheer for Michigan every year!
Bless you. LOL (with Michigan’s record, I may be more of a Michigan State fan)
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:
I have many fond memories of summers spent on that big lake, Gitchegumi. Particularly a park called Grand Haven.
M Go Blue!
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.
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.
Are you also a mariner?
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.”
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.
Gichigami truly does never give up her dead.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Rammed by the Cat Stevens.
I shot a few M-16 rounds at Camp Perry. We had a tornado come through one June night.
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.
Would love to get my hands on fully auto! Yeah, I was there for a “microburst.” It was not fun.
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.
In 1976-77, they played that song every morning on the radio station where I went to college.
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!
OOPS! (thanks very much for posting, LukeL)
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.
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.
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.
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.
You really had me with you until this post. Go, Bucks! :-)
What a photo!
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.