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(YouTube)   38 years ago, this big ship and true was fighting her way across Lake Superior. RIP Big Fitz and her crew   ( youtube.com) divider line
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2013-11-09 04:22:49 PM  
2013-11-09 04:45:47 PM  
2013-11-09 04:47:42 PM  

Chinchillazilla: True?

Yes it's true, and please don't call me Shirley.
2013-11-09 05:11:04 PM  
One of the most (under) respected song writers of our time.
2013-11-09 06:22:57 PM  
Awwww, Jim Croce was really good
2013-11-09 06:50:55 PM  
Great tune!
2013-11-09 07:18:56 PM  
I don't always listen to songs about tragic mishaps,
But when I do, I listen to Harry Chapin.
2013-11-09 07:21:36 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: One of the most (under) respected song writers of our time.

Neil Diamond?
2013-11-09 07:36:28 PM  
True = Crew?
2013-11-09 07:38:57 PM  
How about this version?  Pete and Wayne sing "The Rectum of Ella Fitzgerald" at Sloppy Joe's, KW.

2013-11-09 07:46:43 PM  

Badmoodman: True = Crew?

apparently in nautical terminology true means you are sailing with a compass that is corrected for local magnetic deviation

basically he meant a seaworthy ship that was on course

it is commonly misheard as 'crew' however

i am not an expert this explanation is paraphrased from some google searching cuzi was curious about that lyric also
2013-11-09 07:46:59 PM  
The best interview about the Edmund Fitzgerald ever, where the host Tommy Mischke sings his questions to the guest.

2013-11-09 09:28:24 PM  
And a damned good beer as well.  I'll be sinking a sixer of EF porter from Great Lakes Brewery tomorrow memory.
2013-11-09 09:52:33 PM  
And yet it still remains one of the worst songs to play at a strip club.
2013-11-09 10:08:33 PM  

Nuclear Monk: And yet it still remains one of the worst songs to play at a strip club.

Dan Fogelberg's "Same Old Lang Syne" holds the title.
2013-11-09 10:16:07 PM  
This is why half of the people in Canada have changed their names by deed poll to Gordon
2013-11-09 11:35:18 PM  
I love Edmund Fitzgeralds voice

2013-11-10 04:03:03 AM  
If we are talking songs about horrible ship tragedies let's not forget  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAxQRX_A2Dc
2013-11-10 03:23:37 PM  
Although the original is nice, this metal cover is awesome.
Done by a band from Superior, Wisconsin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9GC8DagFmo&feature=youtube_gdata_pla y er
2013-11-10 06:13:47 PM  
Approximately 6:10pm: The Arthur M. Anderson, trailing the Edmund Fitzgerald at a distance of roughly 6 nautical miles, reported 55-60 knot winds and regular waves of 20-25 feet.
2013-11-10 06:43:03 PM  
Closing on the Fitzgerald, Captain Cooper of the Anderson reports that he has been struck by a 35-foot rogue wave, and is measuring wind gusts of up to 70 knots - hurricane force winds. Cooper notes that he can now make out the lights of the Fitzgerald ahead.
2013-11-10 07:01:42 PM  
The Anderson picks up the SS Nanfri coming up from Whitefish Bay on her radar.
2013-11-10 07:06:33 PM  
Captain Cooper of the Anderson logs 50 knot winds with 61 knot gusts, with 24-26 foot seas. She has closed to just under 2 nautical miles of the Fitzgerald.
2013-11-10 07:11:11 PM  
Captain Cooper of the Arthur M. Anderson radios Captain McSorley of the Edmund Fitzgerald, informing him of the upbound SS Nanfri ahead to to port of the Fitzgerald. Captain Cooper asks "What is your condition... how are you doing up there?". Captain McSorley responds, "We are holding our own.".
2013-11-10 07:15:33 PM  
At 7:16pm, Captain Cooper notes that he can no longer see the Edmund Fitzgerald, which at that point had been roughly 1.5 nautical miles directly ahead.
2013-11-10 07:20:57 PM  
At 7:20pm, the Anderson notes that it can no longer raise the Edmund Fitzgerald on the radio, and cannot see her on the radar. Captain Cooper orders all work and search lights to be turned on.
2013-11-10 07:39:25 PM  
Captain Cooper of the Anderson contacts the U.S. Coast Guard station at Sault Ste. Marie to report that he was no longer in contact with the Edmund Fitzgerald, and informs the Coast guard of the problems the Fitzgerald had been having. Cooper also contacted the Nanfri, and is informed that the Nanfri could not see the Fitzgerald, nor did she come up on the Nanfri's radar.
2013-11-10 10:47:13 PM  
After nearly two hours of trying to re-establish contact, Captain Cooper of the Arthur M. Anderson officially reports the Edmund Fitzgerald missing at 9:03pm. The Coast Guard asks Cooper to go back to the area and start an official search for survivors. Because the Coast guard did not have the capability to send any vessels to the area, around 10:30 an order went out from the Coast guard to all vessels in the Whitefish Bay area to assist in the search. The SS William Clay Ford had joined the Anderson in the search, and was later joined by a USCG search plane from Traverse City, and around 1:00am a SAR helicopter with a search light joined them. Debris, including lifeboats and rafts were found, but no bodies were recovered.

Captain McSorley of the Edmund Fitzgerald was 63, and planning retirement. My father knew him, and McSorley attended the same church my grandfather did. When I was 5, my father had taken me down to the Toledo shipyards and we went onboard a ship for a mini-tour. I didn't think of it at the time, but Dad tells me that the ship was the Fitzgerald, and the two men leading us around were captain McSorley and a crew member who also went down on November 10, 1975.

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God speed and cherish to the 29 crewmen who lost their lives that day.
2013-11-11 07:31:16 AM  
thanks subby.
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