11.10.2021

It's Just the Coffee Talking: The Anniversary of the wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald - the ship and the loss of 29 crew members are remembered to this day

https://ssedmundfitzgerald.org/
https://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/edmund-fitzgerald/the-fateful-journey/
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/11/09/gales-of-november-would-todays-weather-forecasts-save-the-edmund-fitzgerald


SS Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in Lake Superior during a storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29 men.

When launched on June 7, 1958, she was the largest ship on North America's Great Lakes, and she remains the largest to have sunk there.

On November 9, 1975, the Edmund Fitzgerald pushed across the waters of Lake Superior with a cargo of iron ore. A storm came up in the afternoon and pounded the ship through the night with winds up to 75 mph, blinding snow, and waves reaching 25 feet.

At 7 p.m., the Fitzgerald radioed another nearby ship, “We are holding our own.”

Less than two hours later, the Edmund Fitzgerald had disappeared from radar. Rescuers found a few empty lifeboats, buoys, and other bits of debris on the lake. Several days later, the remains of the ship were discovered in two pieces on the bottom of Lake Superior, only 17 miles from the safety of Whitefish Bay.

All 29 crew members were lost. Every November 10, the bell at the Mariner’s Church in Detroit, Michigan, rings 29 times in their memory.

 
 

 

 

"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 big 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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"If all you nurses and doctors that were fired would start your own hospital and let me know where it is, I would appreciate it. I trust you all more."

 

 



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