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Old 11-10-2010, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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The vicious, swirling storm that battered the Great Lakes region in late October inspired talk of a similar gale that brought about one of the great mysteries of the 20th century.

The mighty ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald, one of the largest ships on America's inland seas, seemed invincible in its bulk and mass, but it was no match for a howling Lake Superior gale on November 10, 1975.

Lost ship's legend lives on - CNN.com
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Old 11-10-2010, 12:41 PM
 
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The vicious, swirling storm that battered the Great Lakes region in late October inspired talk of a similar gale that brought about one of the great mysteries of the 20th century.

The mighty ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald, one of the largest ships on America's inland seas, seemed invincible in its bulk and mass, but it was no match for a howling Lake Superior gale on November 10, 1975.

Lost ship's legend lives on - CNN.com
The story of the Edmund Fitzgerald is absolutely unreal. I think one of the best stories I have seen about ships on the Great Lakes. Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot's song "The Edmund Fitzgerald" honours the Fitzgerald and its crew.
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Old 11-11-2010, 12:35 AM
 
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The vicious, swirling storm that battered the Great Lakes region in late October inspired talk of a similar gale that brought about one of the great mysteries of the 20th century.

The mighty ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald, one of the largest ships on America's inland seas, seemed invincible in its bulk and mass, but it was no match for a howling Lake Superior gale on November 10, 1975.

Lost ship's legend lives on - CNN.com
Now substitute Titanic for Edmund Fitzgerald and iceberg for howling storm.

Here is a more factual history of the Fitz:

Edmund Fitzgerald Remembered (http://www.lakesuperior.com/online/225/225fitz.html - broken link)

http://www.lakesuperior.com/online/225/225fitzopen.jpg (broken link)
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:03 AM
 
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Now substitute Titanic for Edmund Fitzgerald and iceberg for howling storm.

Here is a more factual history of the Fitz:

Edmund Fitzgerald Remembered (http://www.lakesuperior.com/online/225/225fitz.html - broken link)
Bernie Cooper,captain of the Arthur Anderson,was trailing Fitz about 10 miles,and states that McSorley,who had lost his radar,steamed over seven fathom shoal and grounded.When your taking that kind of pounding from the sea that you don't feel yourself grounding,you are really in it!
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:40 AM
 
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Music Video, Gordon Lightfoot - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0DqPSF2fyo

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Video of the The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3xX1...eature=related

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Old 11-14-2010, 09:16 PM
 
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Bernie Cooper,captain of the Arthur Anderson,was trailing Fitz about 10 miles,and states that McSorley,who had lost his radar,steamed over seven fathom shoal and grounded.When your taking that kind of pounding from the sea that you don't feel yourself grounding,you are really in it!
Did she run aground? I thought she went into a huge trough and snapped in two.... Either way she was a fine ship....
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Old 11-15-2010, 01:25 AM
 
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Did she run aground? I thought she went into a huge trough and snapped in two.... Either way she was a fine ship....
It was surmised by the nearest expert,the captain of a steamer trailing Fitz by a few miles, that she ran OVER a shoal,Fitz had lost its radar.My post marveled at the she could run over something and not feel it.I,ve been in a few storms at sea,but nothing the likes of that I wouldn't know the ship grounded.I only hit bottom once,on a 620 ft,12,000 ton ship,fortunately it was a sandy bottom,we knew IMMEDIATELY what happened.
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:37 PM
 
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It was surmised by the nearest expert,the captain of a steamer trailing Fitz by a few miles, that she ran OVER a shoal,Fitz had lost its radar.My post marveled at the she could run over something and not feel it.I,ve been in a few storms at sea,but nothing the likes of that I wouldn't know the ship grounded.I only hit bottom once,on a 620 ft,12,000 ton ship,fortunately it was a sandy bottom,we knew IMMEDIATELY what happened.
We'll never know what really happened....

This is just like how did the Bismarck sink? Was it by the shells of the British fleet or did the crew scuttle her?
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