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The day the mighty Edmund Fitzgerald went down.
uncle trav
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Joined: Apr 27, 2005
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2013-11-09 4:13 pm   Permalink

Today is the thirty eighth anniversary of the day the Mighty Fitz went down. Everyone remembers the song but here in Michigan the legend of that day lives on as a warning to respect the Lakes. The relationship between ships and the Great Lakes is a history spanning more than three hundred years. The relationship has always been stormy and the first recorded lost ship was the Griffon in 1679 and she is still missing. Lake Superior is Mother Nature's cauldron this time of year and the term "Mother Nature is a bitch" is a term used out of respect. The night the Fitz went down wind gusts were recorded at one hundred miles per hour with waves reaching a height of thirty five feet. The ship's lights were being tracked and her captain was in radio contact when she literally went down in the blink of an eye. Today November tenth I'll take a moment to remember the twenty nine men who were lost that cold night and remember a line from the song that rings true " 'twas the witch of November come stealin"

"Anyone who has ever seen them is thereafter haunted as if by a feverish dream" Karl Woermann

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Joined: Sep 20, 2009
Posts: 682
From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2013-11-09 5:34 pm   Permalink

Trav, I was fortunate enough decades ago to meet Gordon Lightfoot and watch him sing the “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” in a live performance.

Here is a YouTube
tribute to the lost souls of the Edmund Fitzgerald that incorporates Lightfoot’s song.


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