Navy aircraft, piloted by Lt. In addition, the angle, repose and mounding of clay and mud at the site indicate the stern rolled over on the surface, spilling taconite ore pellets from its severed cargo hold, and then landed on portions of the cargo itself. A total of 29 people had been aboard her, and no survivors were found. A series of 16 consecutive hatch cover clamps were observed on the No. By the next day, the two ships were caught in a on Lake Superior, with near winds and waves up to 35 feet 11 m high. The efforts of a third freighter, the -registered , were foiled by the weather.
Cooper then contacted the upbound saltwater vessel Nanfri and was told that she could not pick up Edmund Fitzgerald on her radar either. The freighter was a relatively modern vessel. Average wave heights increased to near 19 feet 5. A similar conversion had been planned for the Fitzgerald itself. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. I also feel very lucky and fortunate to have met Terry after a couple of shows and was able to get his autograph.
It was christened on June 8, 1958, and made its first voyage on September 24 the same year. Theoretically, a one-inch puncture in the cargo hold will sink it. The 1975 tragedy took the lives of 29 men: sons, brothers, fathers, and husbands; a loss affecting dozens of families and a countless number of friends and comrades of the shipping industry. When the Essex sank, the men had been relatively close to the Marquesas Islands, but Pollard's men were afraid of landing there—the islands were rumored to be full of cannibals. Sunset was always the best time to go.
And am taking heavy seas over the deck. Captain Paquette of Wilfred Sykes reported that after 1 a. For 17 years, Edmund Fitzgerald carried from mines near Duluth, Minnesota, to iron works in Detroit, Toledo, and other ports. With a of 26,000 29,120 short tons; 26,417 t , and a 729-foot 222 m hull, Edmund Fitzgerald was the longest ship on the Great Lakes, earning her the title until September 17, 1959, when the 730-foot 222. Two freighters battled the storm as the Arthur Anderson steamed behind the ill-fated Edmund Fitzgerald when all contact was lost. Still a great song, and I don't blame Mr Lightfoot for making some changes to make it rhyme. The Canadian government has since to the site.
On November 9, 1975, the Fitzgerald left Superior, Wisconsin with a full hold of iron ore bound for a port near Detroit. An uproar occurred in 1995 when a maintenance worker in , Michigan, refurbished the bell by stripping the protective coating applied by Michigan State University experts. This tragic accident points out the need for all persons involved in Great Lakes shipping to foster increased awareness of the hazards which exist. Anderson to report that Edmund Fitzgerald was taking on water and had lost two vent covers and a fence railing. The hull failed either as the vessel sank or when the bow struck the bottom. After construction of the Fitzgerald was complete, Northwestern Mutual its charter with the Columbia Transportation Division of Oglebay Norton Company, based in Cleveland.
Long live the beautiful Edmund Fitzgerald and its crew in our hearts! He told them that Edmund Fitzgerald 's foundering was caused by negligence. Meanwhile, the Anderson and the Fitz continued chugging eastward, and their respective captains -- Jessie Cooper and Ernest McSorley -- were in regular radio contact. Gordon Lightfoot is one of the all time great balladeers. Bernie Cooper the master of the Arthur M. Originally coal-fired, her boilers were converted to burn during the 1971—72 winter layup. One of the worst seas I've ever been in.
On November 10, 1975, an ore carrier - the Edmund Fitzgerald - sank in Lake Superior during a November storm, taking the lives of all 29 crew members. Edmund Fitzgerald lay about 15 miles 13 nmi; 24 km west of Deadman's Cove, Ontario, 17 miles 15 nmi; 27 km from the entrance to Whitefish Bay to the southeast, in Canadian waters close to the international boundary at a depth of 530 feet 160 m. The survey revealed that the shoal ran about 1 mile 1. They also set records for the deepest scuba dive on the Great Lakes and the deepest shipwreck dive, and were the first divers to reach Edmund Fitzgerald without the aid of a submersible. The simulation also showed one in 100 waves reaching 36 feet 11 m and one out of every 1,000 reaching 46 feet 14 m. Curiously, the owners of the Arthur B.
She was loaded with 26,116 tons of taconite pellets at the Burlington Northern Railroad, Dock 1. This expedition was conducted jointly with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Winds were 60 miles an hour and the waves on the lake were crashing at 10 feet. The initial flooding and overloading made the Fitzgerald go lower in the waves of the storm, which began a downward cycle of boarding seas that gradually brought more and more water aboard until a final, catastrophic collapse of one or more hatch covers allowed sudden additional and overwhelming flooding that drove the ship to the bottom. Thom Holden is the curator of the Army Corps of Engineers' Marine Museum. Anderson reporting the suspected loss to the Coast Guard that night A wonderful website listing all important events starting from 1957 up to present.