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On this day in 1975, the "Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald" occurred...

RE: On this day in 1975, the "Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald" occurred...

I remember it well. I loved watching the ships lock through at the Soo.
I had seen both the Fitz and the Cort (largest ship on the lakes) lock through on a visit the summer of '74.
Most people don't realize how rough the weather on the lakes can get. The waves are much closer together than out on the ocean. 25' seas are almost like triangles with sharp points at top and bottom.

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RE: On this day in 1975, the "Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald" occurred...

Explored the lakes area spending some time at Saute Ste Marie then heading west, passing through as many lake side towns as practical and up the UP to Copper Harbor on a long 2013 road trip. Was up there on a recuiting trip to Michigan Tech in Houghton in the early '80s and wanted the see the area again. The Quincy Mine Tour is a must see...

Saw the James R. Barker http://www.boatnerd.com/pictures/fleet/jamesrbarke... go through the Soo locks.

The memorial museum at White Fish Point really touches the soul.

RE: On this day in 1975, the "Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald" occurred...

Interesting link.

"As a comparison of unloading rates, Interlake's first bulk carrier, the 242’loa wooden steamer the V.H. Ketchum, built in 1874 at Marine City, Mich. and brought into the fleet in 1883, had a load capacity of 1700 tons of ore which took nearly twelve days to unload by wheel barrow."

That's when men were men, can you imagine unloading a ship full of taconite by wheel barrow?

Even though I have summered in the eastern end of the North Channel of Lake Huron for over 60 years, I have never been to Sault Ste. Marie only 170 miles away. Once I retire I will definitely take some time to visit. I would like to circumnavigate (by car) lake Superior.

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RE: On this day in 1975, the "Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald" occurred...

Was wondering when someone would drag him into it...

Thanks, dik, I didn't have to :)

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RE: On this day in 1975, the "Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald" occurred...

It would be interesting to know if the captain was ordered to continue, or to find a safe harbour, or if it was left up to him...

Dik

RE: On this day in 1975, the "Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald" occurred...

(OP)
While it doesn't actually answer your question, if you go back to my original post and check-out the link, there's an interactive 'timeline' which helps put into perspective the events of that fateful voyage.

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