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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 09:59 AM

44 years later: Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald

WHITEFISH POINT, Mich. (WLUC) - “The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down, of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee. Superior they say, never gives up her dead, when the gales of November come early."

On this day 44 years ago, the Edmund Fitzgerald went down in Lake Superior. The 29 crew members sank with the freighter hauling iron ore.

As an low pressure system moved up across the Great Lakes on Nov. 10, 1975, Lake Superior intensified, bringing with it 25-35 foot waves, and sustained winds of 67 mph, with gusts up to 86 mph.

The storm, undetected by radar systems, brought the ‘gales of November’ to the lake, 17 miles north-northwest of Whitefish Point.

On Sunday, November 10, at 7 p.m., the annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Ceremony will be held at the Shipwreck Museum in Whitefish Point, Chippewa County.



I've been to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. It is well worth a trip for a look-see if you ever find yourself in the UP of Michigan.

https://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/44-years-later-Remembering-the-Edmund-Fitzgerald-564661571.html

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Response to Liberal In Texas (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:18 AM

1. Thank you.

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Response to Liberal In Texas (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:24 AM

2. It is a haunting story....

I watched the History channel clip yesterday. Never realized how damn big this ship was before. Been listening to the song this morning.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 11:34 AM

4. Love that old Gordon Lightfoot song. Haven't listened to it in years.

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Response to OregonBlue (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 12:12 PM

5. Gordon Lightfoot calls it masterpiece. I also think if it hadn't been for the song

it would be some faceless tragedy from the dim past mostly forgotten.

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Response to Liberal In Texas (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 11:20 PM

7. Agreed. Never heard of the Edmund Fitzgerald until I listened to Lightfoot.

Loved his music but haven't played it in years. Think I will.

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Response to Liberal In Texas (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 03:05 AM

9. I never heard of it til that song

I lived in Oshkosh, Wisconsin when it happened.....

When I heard the song, I assumed it happened in the 1800's or something......

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Response to Liberal In Texas (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 11:07 AM

3. I have been to that museum and it is well worth the visit

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Response to Liberal In Texas (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 12:17 PM

6. I like this verson of the Lightfoot video with news accounts and pictures of the crew mixed in.

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Response to Liberal In Texas (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 11:25 PM

8. Only one inaccuracy in Lightfoot's song.

She wasn’t heading for Cleveland. The Fitz was heading for Zug Island in the Detroit River.

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