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The Edmund Fitzgerald: With the Gales of November Remembered
MOTUS A.D. ^ | 11-11-17 | MOTUS

Posted on 11/11/2017 6:17:12 AM PST by NOBO2012

edmund fitzgeraldForty two years ago yesterday, the Edmund Fitzgerald left Superior Wisconsin loaded with 26 tons of iron ore – enough to build 75 thousand cars – on it’s way to Zug Island in Detroit. As infamously memorialized in song, it never arrived.

lake superior gathering storm

Sailing directly into one of the Great Lakes most ferocious storms, she was no match for the lake’s fury which created sustained winds of hurricane force and 25 foot waves with troughs twice that. A mere 15 miles away from safe harbor it split in two and went down with its entire 29 member crew. Such are the fates. Such are the gales of November. Such is the force of nature. Map of the fateful voyage

Until then the worst storm documented on the Great Lakes was a 3 day blow from November 7-10, 1913, over a hundred years ago now, that claimed 19 ships and took 250 lives. I rerun this story every year not because it is such a heart-stopping saga but because it is a reminder that in the scheme of things we are really quite powerless. Man did not create climate change; Somebody else did that for us.

So raise a glass to the memory of the good men who served on the Edmund Fitzgerald that fateful day; to the men who sail into the storm not knowing what their fate might be, knowing full well they may not reach safe harbor. 

trump i am the storm

A proper drink would be a Dark ‘n Stormy made with Gosling’s black rum and ginger beer although in the Great Lakes we use Vernors. But if, like our president you don’t imbibe, just enjoy a glass of Vernors - because “that’s what we drink around here.”

vernors glass

And what would a memorial to the Edmund Fitzgerald be without the sea chanty?

Posted from: MOTUS A.D.


TOPICS: Humor; Politics
KEYWORDS: climatechange; edmundfitzgerald; greatlakes; trump
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1 posted on 11/11/2017 6:17:12 AM PST by NOBO2012
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To: NOBO2012

26 tons?


2 posted on 11/11/2017 6:19:41 AM PST by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: NOBO2012

bump


3 posted on 11/11/2017 6:20:40 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: NOBO2012

I’m curious, is that song known in areas outside the Great Lakes areas?


4 posted on 11/11/2017 6:26:06 AM PST by MNDude (God is not a Republican, but Satan is certainly a Democratt)
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To: NOBO2012

Only 15 miles from safe harbor.

Gordon Lightfoot’s song was always quite haunting.


5 posted on 11/11/2017 6:26:09 AM PST by Jane Long (Praise God, from whom ALL blessings flow.)
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To: NOBO2012

As big ships go, she was bigger than most.


6 posted on 11/11/2017 6:28:13 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Benedict McCain is the worst traitor ever to wear the uniform of the US military.)
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To: phormer phrog phlyer
26,000 tons more than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty,
that good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed,
when the gales of November came early ...
7 posted on 11/11/2017 6:28:35 AM PST by Campion (Halten Sie sich unbedingt an die Lehre!)
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To: NOBO2012

I think there is a typo on the load. 26 tons is 52,000 #, pretty sure it was much more than that.


8 posted on 11/11/2017 6:30:52 AM PST by CMailBag
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To: MNDude

Yes! That song was a major hit.

https://youtu.be/9vST6hVRj2A


9 posted on 11/11/2017 6:36:02 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Wisdom and education are different things. Don't confuse them.)
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To: MNDude

I played it a lot in California.


10 posted on 11/11/2017 6:36:48 AM PST by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: MNDude

Of course that song is known outside the Great Lakes! And anyone who bought K-Tel’s definitive collection, “Gordon Lightfoot Sings Every Song Ever Written,” knows it well.


11 posted on 11/11/2017 6:37:58 AM PST by Blurb2350
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To: NOBO2012

Lightfoot’s lyrics in this tune are amazing poetry.


12 posted on 11/11/2017 6:38:29 AM PST by jagusafr
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To: NOBO2012

I also remember that my best friend’s father died that day too........


13 posted on 11/11/2017 6:41:25 AM PST by Hot Tabasco
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Let’s see, what rhymes with “gloomy”. shrooomy, roomy, doomy, bill mumy, oh wait, I got it!


14 posted on 11/11/2017 6:43:45 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Blurb2350

Thanks. Whenever I drive up to Lake Superior during November I listen to the song and wonder how well-known it is elsewhere.


15 posted on 11/11/2017 6:45:06 AM PST by MNDude (God is not a Republican, but Satan is certainly a Democratt)
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Yes, it may have made #1 on AM stations when it was first released. I know I heard it so relentlessly to my brother’s many shouts of “Turn that off!” I still like the song, especially the beautiful, poetic lyrics.


16 posted on 11/11/2017 6:45:52 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: NOBO2012
As infamously memorialized in song, it never arrived.

Very bad use of 'infamous' here, as that implies bad connotations like 'infamous criminal'. Gordon Lightfoot's FAMOUS ballad, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, has assured that this disaster will live long after he and we have passed.

17 posted on 11/11/2017 6:46:38 AM PST by SES1066 (Happiness is a depressed Washington, DC housing market!)
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To: NOBO2012

I was 18 and going to college in Kalamazoo at the time. Huge news in that part of the country.

Had several frat mates that lived on or around Superior.


18 posted on 11/11/2017 6:49:11 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: CMailBag

The song says 26,000 - 26 THOUSAND tons - or 52 MILLION pounds. My old TI calculator is maxed-out on digits.


19 posted on 11/11/2017 6:49:40 AM PST by carriage_hill ( Poor demoncrats haven't been this mad, since the Republicans took their slaves away.)
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To: CMailBag

Yeah, it should be 26 THOUSAND tons. If you know anything at all about ships that error jumps out at you, 26 tons is peanuts to a ship. Tennessee Ernie Ford sang about 16 tons being loaded by one man in one shift in the coal mine. I’m an old man and I moved several tons in one little light weight workout in the gym already today. I weigh almost one eighth of a ton.


20 posted on 11/11/2017 6:49:53 AM PST by RipSawyer (Racism is racism regardless of the race of the racist)
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