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    Default The Shipwreck Thread

    On Nov. 10th 1975, The ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald sank!! When she sank, she took 29 lives with her!! Gordon Lightfoot's song is a great tribute to her, her crew & it helps to keep her memory alive!!

    Here are the words to the song.....

    The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
    Of the big lake they called 'Gitche Gumee' (Ojibwa for "Big Lake.")
    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 every man knew, as the captain did too,
    T'was 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 to feed ya.
    At Seven P.M. a main hatchway caved in, he said
    Fellas, it's been 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 his 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 searches all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
    If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her.
    They might have split up or they might have capsized;
    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 till 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!

    If you want to read abut her, here is a link... SS Edmund Fitzgerald - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Rest in peace Edmund Fitzgerald & crew!!

    You may also use this to talk about other shipwrecks!! Shipwrecks are a favorite subject of mine to read & study about!!

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    I remember the song well when it came out in 1976. I also remember listening to it on board the USS Inchon LPH-12 while in a bad storm in the Mediterranean Sea. We(my unit) were just finishing our tour of duty in Beirut in March of 1983. We survived the storm minus our accommodation ladder and the trip across the Atlantic Ocean to a Hero's welcome at MCAS New River. I also remember some time back when Jacques Custo found the wreck in White Fish Bay. The History Channel has also done a show or two about this too.

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    Love the song, did you see the doctumentry on the wreck itself, I recommend watching it, can usually be found on one of the discovery channels.

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    I seen you post this 3 times for the last 3 years Icey..

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    Butterfly Mage


    I sort of included that wreck into a story I've been writing. Of course, in the book it was called the Gerald fitzedmond and the wreck was caused because the captain was a mean drunk that also accidently rammed another freighter during a hurricaine. But then, mine is fiction. I have no idea what actually did in the real ship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fire2box View Post
    I seen you post this 3 times for the last 3 years Icey..
    Its a cool song buddy and intersting, but seriously, to post about it so much, take a valium and chill out boss.

    All of your 300 some posts are about this ship.......

    No but seriously, I do find this interesting, but not to make so many threads about it if fireybox is correct.

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    This thread remember me of a song. I wonder if anyone heard if before but it call Sullivan by Caroline Spine

    it's not hard to reach back to the day
    underneath that iowa sun
    running to the tower of waterloo
    looking for the Sullivan's train to come
    and his five boys would run to the top
    and salute him as he went by
    first we'd wave hello
    then we'd wave goodbye

    it's not hard to reach back to the days
    after the attack on pearl
    overnight my buddies turned into men
    running out of time for games and girls
    and the Sullivan boys were not overlooked
    Uncle Sam'd call them each by name
    the very next day they left on a mystery train

    say goodbye, Mrs. Sullivan
    and don't you cry
    "-We regret to inform you
    the Navy has taken your sons away-"
    all five... so put your blue star in the window

    it's not hard to reach back to her smile
    when she'd recieve a letter
    and the letters they sounded generally the same
    they said they couldn't be home
    at least they were together
    on a mighty fighting battleship
    somewhere in the South Pacific
    the letters never got much more specific

    say goodbye, Mrs. Sullivan
    and don't you cry
    "-We regret to inform you
    the Navy is keeping your sons away-"
    all five... so keep your blue star in the window

    it's not hard to reach back to the day
    when the war finally came home
    Uncle Sam'll send you a telegram
    so he doesn't have to tell you over the phone
    i heard she cracked up
    when they found out what the war had cost
    when all five of her boys were lost...

    say goodbye, Mrs. Sullivan
    go ahead and cry
    "-We regret to inform you
    that all your sons have passed away-"
    all five... so change your blue star to gold

    blue star to gold

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