November 10th, 1975. The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

  • andreduce

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    Nov 10, 2012 7:37 PM GMT
    So, I'm a nerd and love "this day in history" stuff, and this is one of the events I feel one of the strongest emotional connections to. I don't have any family or friends (that I know of) related to the loss of any of the 29 men who died on board this fateful voyage on a cold, stormy evening on the eastern end of Lake Superior.

    But perhaps one of the reasons people are fascinated by this sad event is the curiosity of why such a large, heavy ship would sink, suddenly, in the modern era, without even as much as sending a distress signal. The ship was about only 17 miles from the mouth of a safer bay, and may then have been out of harms way of the tumultuous rage occurring on the "open seas" of the largest of the Great Lakes.

    To give you a sense of how eerie of a sinking this was, I have pulled out a clip from the National Transportation Safety Board Marine Accident Report (http://www.uscg.mil/history/WEBSHIPWRECKS/EdmundFitzgeraldNTSBReport.pdf) dictating the moment that the ship sank, which it did quickly.

    (As a background, the S.S. Arthur M. Anderson was another cargo ship enroute across Lake Superior roughly 10 to 20 miles separated from the Edmund Fitzgerald, and was providing navigational support when the Fitzgerald's radar stopped working.)

    At 1900, the ANDERSON advised the FITZGERALD that she was 10 miles ahead and 1 to 1 1/2 miles to the left (east) of the ANDERSON’s heading flasher. At 1910, the ANDERSON advised the FITZGERALD of northbound traffic 9 miles ahead of her. In response to a question about her problems, the FITZGERALD replied, "We are holding our own."
    This was the last radiotelephone conversation with the FITZGERALD. When the ANDERSON’s radarscope was checked about 1920, there was no radar contact with her. Visibility increased about this time and although lights on shore more than 20 miles away and lights of a northbound vessel 19 miles away could be seen, the FITZGERALD, which should have been approximately 10 miles away, was not visible.


    Finally, as many of you may know the song, Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," I have posted it here as a remembrance of the men who lost their lives.

    These men and their families are who need to be remembered. Not the ship itself.

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

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    Nov 10, 2012 7:43 PM GMT
    I don't know much about that horrible tragedy on Lake Superior but it is a mystery why no distress signals were sent from that large ship. Probably those 29 lives along with that ship could have been saved despite the cold, stormy conditions on Lake Superior.
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    Nov 10, 2012 9:38 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidI don't know much about that horrible tragedy on Lake Superior but it is a mystery why no distress signals were sent from that large ship. Probably those 29 lives along with that ship could have been saved despite the cold, stormy conditions on Lake Superior.


    Yes, it is interesting why it went down so "quietly." Although that makes more sense when you think about how fast it went down (probably less than 10 minutes).
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    Nov 10, 2012 9:41 PM GMT
    Great lakes brewing company has an awesome beer Edmund Fitzgerald...

    You should have one! icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 10, 2012 9:52 PM GMT
    TigerTim saidGreat lakes brewing company has an awesome beer Edmund Fitzgerald...

    You should have one! icon_smile.gif
    Sorry my friend but I don't touch alcohol. I haven't drank any alcoholic beverages since Jan. 1st, 2000. I call it my new millenium resolution and unlike new years resolutions, it worked.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 11, 2012 5:19 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    TigerTim saidGreat lakes brewing company has an awesome beer Edmund Fitzgerald...

    You should have one! icon_smile.gif
    Sorry my friend but I don't touch alcohol. I haven't drank any alcoholic beverages since Jan. 1st, 2000. I call it my new millenium resolution and unlike new years resolutions, it worked.icon_biggrin.gif


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    Nov 11, 2012 11:37 AM GMT
    I should rent a boat and drive the 3 ish hours from south Mich to North Mich and go visit the wreck site...LOL JK. That water is freezing cold during the warmest of months... dang deep lake. icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 11, 2012 1:10 PM GMT
    We used to go backpacking in one of the Canadian provincial parks up on the east side of Lake Superior and tried skinny dipping in the lake. Even in the middle of the summer the water was high 30s to 40 degrees.
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    Nov 14, 2012 9:03 PM GMT
    TigerTim said
    roadbikeRob said
    TigerTim saidGreat lakes brewing company has an awesome beer Edmund Fitzgerald...

    You should have one! icon_smile.gif
    Sorry my friend but I don't touch alcohol. I haven't drank any alcoholic beverages since Jan. 1st, 2000. I call it my new millenium resolution and unlike new years resolutions, it worked.icon_biggrin.gif


    I wasn't talking to you---I know you're fucking crazy!
    You are a belligerent, brain dead asshole. You have no right calling me fucking crazy. You need to look at yourself in the mirror.