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11-11-2019 07:10 PM
emiller22207 If you’re ever in Detroit a visit to the Maritime Sailors’ Cathedral is worth it.
11-11-2019 06:52 PM
F2504x4
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Originally Posted by Captain Call View Post
Brian Burns does a nice song/tribute.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LRBmIqzO6o


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 good 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,

(**2010 lyric change: At 7 p.m., it grew dark, it was then 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!"
11-11-2019 03:57 AM
PROJECTJUNKIE A buddy of mine was a crew man for a couple years on the ship, drug up the season before the wreck, he's got a picture on his living room wall


RIP
11-10-2019 10:44 PM
Spaceman All these years I thought the wreck happened in the 60s or earlier. What the hell was I thinking????
11-10-2019 10:29 PM
Captain Call Brian Burns does a nice song/tribute.
11-10-2019 09:02 PM
emiller22207 My college roommate’s family had a home in Grand Marais. His dad was on a Coast Guard Cutter trying to get out of the bay to Whitefish Point to guide them in. Said he’d never seen the Lake/storm that bad. They turned back after getting slammed around in the bay and making no progress.

It’s one cold ass Lake. It takes your breath away near shore in the height of a hot summer. November in a shipping lane, they could not have lasted a minute.
11-10-2019 08:36 PM
Rubirunner85 Itís that time of year again. RIP
11-10-2019 08:13 PM
Cheepin RIP! Growing up in the U.P. I was 2 yrs old when this happened. This was taught in school back there. My buddy's uncle from here in CO. was a crew member.

Allen G. Kalmon
43
Second Cook
Washburn, Wisconsin
11-10-2019 07:34 PM
ParadiseAutoElectric Here ya go..

https://youtu.be/9vST6hVRj2A

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y5i_XMqdULM
11-10-2019 07:31 PM
conwaymuddy
44 years ago today

29 crew members met their fate aboard the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald

R.I.P.

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