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  • 35 years today

    she went down with 29 crew aboard. RIP
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  • #2
    Great post HH! May each RIP!!
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    • #3
      RIP!!! I've loved that song for a looong time. And the story is awesome.
      - Eric [HERD Member #123]
      US ARMY MP 1996 - 2003
      2011 FLHX103 Street Glide (His)
      2008 FXDB Street Bob (Hers)

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      • #4
        It's cool when there is a song to help remember a tragedy.
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        • #5
          What is it? The Edmond Fitzgerald? (I'm on dial-up so I've blocked all video stuff of any kind on this forum)
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          • #6
            yep,vid and the song
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            • #7
              SS Edmund Fitzgerald
              From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search
              Coordinates: 4659.91′N 8506.6′W / 46.9985N 85.11W / 46.9985; -85.11
              "Edmund Fitzgerald" redirects here. For the Gordon Lightfoot song about the sinking of this ship, see The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. For other uses, see Edmund Fitzgerald (disambiguation).

              The SS Edmund Fitzgerald in the St. Mary's River during May 1975.
              Career
              Name: SS Edmund Fitzgerald
              Owner: Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
              Operator: Columbia Transportation Division, Oglebay Norton Company of Cleveland, Ohio
              Port of registry: United States
              Ordered: February 1, 1957
              Builder: Great Lakes Engineering Works of River Rouge, Michigan
              Yard number: 301
              Laid down: August 7, 1957
              Launched: June 8, 1958
              Christened: June 8, 1958
              Completed: June 7, 1958
              Maiden voyage: September 24, 1958
              Identification: Registry number US 277437
              Nickname: "Mighty Fitz"
              "The Fitz"
              "The Big Fitz"
              Fate: Lost in a storm on November 10, 1975 with all 29 hands
              General characteristics
              Class and type: Lake freighter
              Tonnage: 8,713 Net Register Tonnage
              13,632 Gross Register Tonnage
              26,660 Deadweight tonnage

              Length: 729 ft (222.2 m) oa
              Beam: 75 ft
              Height: 38 ft
              Depth: 39 ft
              Installed power: As built:

              Coal fired Westinghouse Electric Corporation Steam Turbine 2 cylinder @ 7,500 SHP
              After refit:

              Conversion to oil fuel and the fitting of automated boiler controls over the winter of 1971–72.
              Carried 72,000 U.S. gallons (60,000 imp gal; 273 m) fuel oil

              Propulsion: One 19.5 ft diameter propeller
              Speed: 14 knots
              Crew: 29

              SS Edmund Fitzgerald (nicknamed "Mighty Fitz," "The Fitz," or "The Big Fitz") was an American Great Lakes freighter launched on June 8, 1958. At the time of its launching, it was one of the first boats to be at or near maximum "St Lawrence Seaway Size" which was 730 feet (220 m) long and 75 feet (23 m) wide. From its launching in 1958 until 1971 the Fitzgerald continued to be one of the largest boats on the Great Lakes.[1]

              On November 10, 1975, while traveling on Lake Superior during a gale, the Fitzgerald sank suddenly in Canadian waters approximately 17 miles (15 nmi; 27 km) from the entrance of Whitefish Bay at a depth of 530 feet (160 m). Although it had reported having some difficulties before the accident, the Fitzgerald sank without sending any distress signals. Its crew of 29 perished in the sinking with no bodies being recovered. When the wreck was found, it was discovered that the Fitzgerald had broken in two.
              The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald is the most famous disaster in the history of Great Lakes shipping. The disaster was the subject of Gordon Lightfoot's 1976 hit song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald".
              - Eric [HERD Member #123]
              US ARMY MP 1996 - 2003
              2011 FLHX103 Street Glide (His)
              2008 FXDB Street Bob (Hers)

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              • #8
                Great post, grew up on the shores of "The Big Water". Winds in excess of 80mph and seas of 25 to 40 feet when she went down. I remember it like it was yesterday. Hard to believe it's been 35 years.

                If any of y'all are riding in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, well worth your time to take the beautiful ride to Whitefish Point. Not only a great place to ride on two wheels, but is also home to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.
                There is a special place in our hearts... Carved out for our memories
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                R.I.P. James "Jimbo"
                Reese

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                • #9
                  god rest them. i have always loved that song as well
                  Crazy people don't know they're crazy, I know I'm crazy therefore I'm not crazy, isn't that crazy.....

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