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30th Anniversary of the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Thursday, November 10, 2005

Most people have heard the Gordon Lightfoot song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" at one time or another. While Gordon Lightfoot is acquired taste, the song recounts the 30 year old legend that happened on Nov. 10th, 1975 when the Mighty Fitz sank with all hands and a full load of iron ore, 26,000 tons, only 17 miles from her destination.

This isn't a political topic but it's still a time of reverence in the Great Lakes area because there are many family still alive. In 1995, the 200 lbs bell of Mighty Fitz was brought up and tonight it wrang 29 times for the men aboard the ship. Here are a few stanzas:

When supper time came the old cook came on deck
Saying fellows it's too rough to feed ya
At 7PM a main hatchway caved in
He said fellas it's been good to know ya.

The Captain wired in he had water coming in
And the good ship and crew was in peril
And later that night when his lights went out of sight
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed
In the Maritime Sailors' Cathedral
The church bell chimed, 'til it rang 29 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 say, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early.

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At 3:59 AM, Blogger Cynicus said...
Isn't today Veteran's Day? Why drag this up in rememberance, and not remember the vets past, present, and future?

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At 2:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...
We are producding the 50th event for the Fitz inn River rouge MI 2008. For more ingo

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At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...
JUNE 7th, 8th and 9th
-2008 -


The Mayor, the Commissioners of RIVER ROUGE,
and executives of the United States Steel Corporation, are
currently planning a celebratory community event in honor of
past and present residents who have contributed their manpower
and talents to this important mainstay of America's industrial

(i) While the Great Lakes Engineering Works shipyard has been
silent since 1962, after almost FIFTY (50) years of
operation, there are many community retirees who remember
most of the massive Great Lakes freighters; other notable
vessels; and steel fabrications; that were built during
wartime and when our downriver industrial might was

(ii) And, yet another FIFTY (50) years ago, on Saturday June 7th
1958, the shipyard side-launched the S.S. EDMUND FITZGERALD
which was the first, largest and fastest straight-decker
bulk-ore carrier on the Great Lakes for St. Lawrence Seaway

The planners of the 2008 event welcome other community inputs
since River Rouge has significantly contributed to making
America an industrial giant from the early days of Michigan's

At that time, literacy and innovation were the hallmarks of her
business environment, with the Detroit area as the principal
industrial city, port and staging post for the distribution of
Michigan-produced goods and services.

» We would like this event to become a social and business
celebration of the road already travelled and new
directions to be taken, so please mark your 2008 calendars
and contact us for further background and voluntary
participation opportunities as preliminary planning
progresses «

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