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Old 11-10-2008, 07:06 PM
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The Edmund Fitzgerald sank 33 years ago today

Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior.

On the evening of Nov. 10, 1975, the 729-foot ore carrier went down with a full cargo of taconite pellets during a severe storm. The ship sank approximately 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay, Mich. All 29 crewmen on board died.

The tragedy resulted in a requirement for, and Coast Guard approval of, exposure (now immersion) suits on Great Lakes vessels and later all commercial vessels and fishing vessels operating on “cold waters.”
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50 years ago the freighter Carl D Bradley sank in northern lake Michigan 33 lost their lives, 2 survived
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Didn't the song 'Edmond Fritzgerald' refer to the harshness of those waters in the month of November? May I ask, Mr. Hansen if you lost a loved one or a friend on the Bradley?
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The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they called "Gitche Gumee."
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
when the skies of November turn gloomy.
With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty,
that good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
when the "Gales of November" came early.

The ship was the pride of the American side
coming back from some mill in Wisconsin.
As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most
with a crew and good captain well seasoned,
concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
when they left fully loaded for Cleveland.
And later that night when the ship's bell rang,
could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'?

The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
and a wave broke over the railing.
And ev'ry man knew, as the captain did too
'twas the witch of November come stealin'.
The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
when the Gales of November came slashin'.
When afternoon came it was freezin' rain
in the face of a hurricane west wind.

When suppertime came the old cook came on deck sayin'.
"Fellas, it's too rough t'feed ya."
At seven P.M. a main hatchway caved in; he said,
"Fellas, it's bin good t'know ya!"
The captain wired in he had water comin' in
and the good ship and crew was in peril.
And later that night when 'is lights went outta sight
came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Does any one know where the love of God goes
when the waves turn the minutes to hours?
The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
if they'd put fifteen more miles behind 'er.
They might have split up or they might have capsized;
they may have broke deep and took water.
And all that remains is the faces and the names
of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
in the rooms of her ice-water mansion.
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams;
the islands and bays are for sportsmen.
And farther below Lake Ontario
takes in what Lake Erie can send her,
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
with the Gales of November remembered.

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed,
in the "Maritime Sailors' Cathedral."
The church bell chimed 'til it rang twenty-nine times
for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they call "Gitche Gumee."
"Superior," they said, "never gives up her dead
when the gales of November come early!"
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My Father was in the Merchant Marines and worked on the Great Lakes as a college student during the summers. He lost a friend on the E.F. We visited the Shipwreck Museum in Paradise Michigan togther about 10 years. If you can walk around that place with dry eyes there is somthing wrong with you.
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and where is Gordon Lightfoot today ?
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Ranger88 - 11/10/2008 9:38 PM

Didn't the song 'Edmond Fritzgerald' refer to the harshness of those waters in the month of November? May I ask, Mr. Hansen if you lost a loved one or a friend on the Bradley?
Thank you for asking, but no I didn't..........it did go down in the waters that we boat in hpwever. It's sinking is always brought up at this time of year, usually as a tag on to the Fitz sinking. It's not uncommon this time of the year to occasionly see a freighter come into our small bay to wait out a storm.
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In '82 I was in Duluth at the maritime museum, right on the shipping channel, whena sister ship left port, downbound, exactly 7 years later to the day. I had just finished readingGales of November and I had goosebumps for the next few days.[img]../images/emoticons/surprise.gif[/img]
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jxX2aZtVXQ
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My wife has lost about 7 or 8 uncles to shipwrecks in the Great Lakes.
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Thank you for remembering !

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