Edmund Fitzgerold.

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  1. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Anniversery on the sinking of the Edmund Fitzjerold in the great lakes. Sad day for the crews family of this vessle. I wasn't aware that it was only 1975 when this occured.
     
  2. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    I remember that well. There was a song written about it. Very sad day.
     

  3. Mike81

    Mike81 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Richard, I was only 6 years old but I have always been interested in that. I worked with a fella years back whose uncle went down on it...what a tragedy. Prayers to the families...they remember it everyday.
     
  4. biga

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    actually one of my favorite songs growing up!!! :cool2:

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  5. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    I was only 10, I dont remember it.
     
  6. MRR

    MRR New Member

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  7. smokey

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    I was living in Michigans U.P. at the time. The wind blew me into a snowbank that was 15 ft deep.It was a vary bad storm.
    smokey
     
  8. bw69r

    bw69r Well-Known Member

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    saw a documentary on it last year. people don't realize how bad the great lakes can get.
     
  9. oh no

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    When I was at Bethlehem Steel, we used to have to patch holes in those boats.

    It's sister ship was the Sparrows Point. I think she is still hauling ore. In the 80s they cut her in half and added about 2-3 hundred feet to her length.

    Those big ore carriers are something else.

    Years ago, a lot of them were not self unloaders.We had big unloaders with 20 ton buckets that unloaded them. About every time one of the unloaders would knock a hole in the hold. We would get a portable welder, cherry picker and head for the boat. Boy the holds in them boats are deep. About 30 feet or so.

    Thanks for the memories, watching that You Tube, reminded me of those days when I had to work for a living.
     
  10. fr8dog

    fr8dog New Member

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    I lived right on the St. Clair River for a while. East China, MI. I loved watching those boats go by. Used to write down their names and read up on the histories. These were taken from Windsor, Ont. on the Detroit River
     

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  11. TOPS

    TOPS New Member

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    I think Gordon Lightfoot was the singer of the song.
     
  12. biga

    biga Well-Known Member

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    you are correct sarge..
     
  13. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    Great song by Gordon Lightfoot! I hadn't heard it in a long time and appreciate the link you posted Adam! :big_smile:
     
  14. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    I was 20 yrs. old and remember it well,liked the song also.
     
  15. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

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    As part of my teaching on how steel was made, I had a filmstrip on making steel.... and that included pictures of the Edmund Fitz the ore ship..... I never put it all together until I heard the song by Gorden Lightfoot.... and then I read up on the disaster... very touching.... what a tragedy....

    Thanks for the remembering.... Bayrunner Ray
     
  16. smokey869

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    i remember it well, if any of you ever get up to sault sainte marie mi in the summer there is a shipwreck museam inside a retired ore ship, it is very cool, i have visited it twice, they have a life boat from the edmund fitzgerald and a lot of other stuff, you can spend all day there, i think it was free, but i know it is closed in the winter, one of my favorite songs, thanks for posting