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Edmond Fitzgerald
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:32 PM

44 years ago today. I was 17.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:44 PM

Read quite a bit about her. Many ships have sunk that I know of, lots of them had crew from Croatia/Yugoslavia. M/V Dunav, Berge Istra etc

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:55 PM

Oh sorry, I was missinformed, It was Nov 10th 75. Oh well that'll spark some disussion. Big Smile

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Posted by gregbale on Thursday, August 4, 2022 1:22 PM

I was 19, but remember it well for a particular reason.

I was going to school in Virginia at the time, but when I'd lived in the Chicago area years before, there was a guy down our block who had crewed on the 'Fitz' (as well as other ore boats), and used to tell us stories about his years on the Lakes.

Couldn't help thinking about him (and his fellow sailors, old and new) when that mighty boat was lost.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:29 PM

Yeah!

        The time was such that She was as the song said The "Pride of the American side"Now one month after she was seen on the American Side, for some reason She was near the Canadiana's mooring. Grandma was with me when I reached over and with a good stretch I touched her. It near Broke my heart when I heard. Grandpa had a friend who sailed in her.

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Posted by Bakster on Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:58 PM

I was 14 going on 15. I remember that night vividly. My brother and I were watching TV, The Waltons, The Homecoming. In the story their father John Walton was late coming home in the midst of a severe snowstorm.

I lived in a suburb of Milwaukee and the weather outside was snowing and blowing snow. It was nasty out. I thought it was cool that our weather matched what the TV show was portraying. I was warm and comfortable, just enjoying the moment. After the show, local news aired and the lead story broke with a serious tone to it, The EF is reported missing. In an instant--that warm glow disappeared at thought of that missing ship. I looked through the window and imagined what she might be experiencing. The weather in Milwaukee was the same weather system that stretched north and over the Great Lakes.

The thought of that night still haunts. Gordon Lightfoots song is great, but it always draws me back to that night.

 

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Posted by ikar01 on Friday, August 5, 2022 5:49 AM

I was fsirly new to being assigned to Little Rock when the song came out.  I had no idea that it was about a real sinking.

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, August 5, 2022 5:55 AM

According to wiki she went down  November 10, 1975

Thanks,

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, August 5, 2022 7:59 AM

keavdog

According to wiki she went down  November 10, 1975

 

Yeah, I already correct that.

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Posted by lurch on Friday, August 5, 2022 9:15 AM

I was just turning 13 . Living in St.Paul when my parents had the news on and that was the feature story. A friend that lived down the block was on her when she sank. I will never foget that night.

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, August 5, 2022 9:57 AM

Kindly suggested: Edmund

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Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Friday, August 5, 2022 11:07 AM

November, 1975; I was 19 and in bootcamp, US NAVY recruit training. We got absolutely no news about the outside world during that time.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, August 5, 2022 2:27 PM

HooYah1

 I have a trivia question for you. How much does ONE TON of Taconite weigh, when it is soaked with water? The answer will surprise you. Her last voyage, she was carrying that!

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Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Friday, August 5, 2022 2:37 PM

I was unaware that taconite would absorb water, so I'd have to say 'one ton'. I recall picking up taconite balls along the railroad tracks back in Pennsylvania when I was a kid. They made for excellant slingshot ammo.

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, August 5, 2022 2:50 PM

 

HooYah1

 I have a trivia question for you. How much does ONE TON of Taconite weigh, when it is soaked with water? The answer will surprise you. Her last voyage, she was carrying that!

 

[/quote]The SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, was carrying about 26,116 long tons of taconite pellets.[4][quote user="Tanker-Builder"]

-from Wiki

 

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Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Friday, August 5, 2022 3:17 PM

Stil doesn't answer the question, Bill .  .  .

To my limited knowledge, and correct me if I'm mistaken, but taconite is processed iron ore; Right? As such, it should not absorb water to speak of.       But, I could be wrong.

 

OKAY, I just looked it up in my Funk and Wagnalls .  .  . and the stuff is porous, by design, but none-the-less, it is not 'absorbant', so I'm still sticking with my 'one ton' response.

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Posted by ddp59 on Friday, August 5, 2022 3:47 PM

as the taconite is porous then the pores will hold water like micro cups thereby increasing the weight of the ore.

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Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Friday, August 5, 2022 4:06 PM

Yes, but how much increase, and for how long .  .  .

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, August 5, 2022 4:26 PM

HooYah Deep Sea
Stil doesn't answer the question, Bill . 

Most of TB's questions don't have answers.

My relatives are all Great Lakers, but I don't know anything about this stuff. Per Wiki, Taconite is made from low percentage iron content rock that is ground up, the iron extracted with magnets, and then pelletized.If it soaks up water, it still weighs a whole lot more than water so it couldn't make a huge difference. Perhaps TB is referring to one of the dozens of theories about why the Fitz was lost.

I never knew the story until the song came out, and even then I thought it was imaginary. 

I was 19 in November 1975, but doing something else.

Bill

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Posted by Glamdring on Saturday, August 6, 2022 9:00 AM

modelcrazy

Oh sorry, I was missinformed, It was Nov 10th 75. Oh well that'll spark some disussion. Big Smile

 

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Posted by missileman2000 on Saturday, August 6, 2022 9:04 AM

 

ddp59

as the taconite is porous then the pores will hold water like micro cups thereby increasing the weight of the ore.

 

But isn't that weight increase the same as the water displaced?  Or is there some sort of catalytic thing that absorption actually increases absorbed water to a higher density than standing water?

I have the song on my MP3 player, along with a few more Lakes songs.

 

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Posted by Bakster on Saturday, August 6, 2022 11:11 PM

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Posted by Dodgy on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:39 PM

I was 18 and serving in the RAN. Didn't know anything about the Edmund Fitzgerald until I heard the song and even then I did not realise it was about a real ship.

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