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Icey

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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!! :sad:

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

Its a cool song buddy and intersting, but seriously, to post about it so much, take a valium and chill out boss.:damnpc::dunno::twocents:

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
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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