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Old 11-10-11, 05:50 PM   #1
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It was 36 Years Ago Today

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Old 11-10-11, 06:03 PM   #2
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Old 11-10-11, 06:21 PM   #3
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Many relatives of that tradgedy live around here.
Since that accident ore boats no longer run that late in the season with a poor weather forcast.Lake Erie(as well as other Great Lakes) is an underwater graveyard for those who ignore the black curtain appearing from the west.
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A great song but a terrible tragedy. I'm amazed at how brutal the Great Lakes can be.
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Old 11-10-11, 07:14 PM   #5
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Great song, and very well done video. Thanks for posting, Tom.
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A great song but a terrible tragedy. I'm amazed at how brutal the Great Lakes can be.
Sometimes brutal but you get plenty of fair warning that is obvious to most.
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I was one month and 9 days old when this happened, so don't really remember more than stories. Am having one of these to mark the day.


And while, most of the time now, there is fair warning of storms, you really do have to remember what was available in the way of technology at the time. Also, many people just plain underestimate the power of the Big Lake. As far as ore freighters running this late in the year, UA and I witnessed one such boat on the lake in 10+ foot waves on Thanksgiving 2 years ago...and having lived on the locks in SS Marie for several years, I can tell you they run until the lake freezes.
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Old 11-10-11, 08:03 PM   #8
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sorry folks, i guess i lived in a different time:

i thought the next line was 'sergeant pepper taught the band to play'. actually it was 30 years and i thought
stormcrowe got it wrong.
much as i like gl's music i think it a terrible song- and i first heard it years after the event.
i can't remember where i was when it happened, but didn't hear about it. was living on the road, a bum as it were, and
music and news weren't in my realm of interest.
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Old 11-10-11, 08:22 PM   #9
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A great song but a terrible tragedy. I'm amazed at how brutal the Great Lakes can be.
I'ver sailed the Great lakes in various classes of sailboats, and there are a couple occasions where they've come close to killing me. I lost my mast in a storm on the Chicago to Macinack run in a 25 foot Sharpie in 1979 when my starboard mainstay parted, and also got blown from Michigan City to Saugatuck in a 17' Open sailboat called a Lightning when I couldn't get in to shore before a squall line hit when I was 15, in 1974.
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Old 11-10-11, 09:00 PM   #10
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That's an interesting beer. Had it for the first time about a year ago. It'll never be my "daily drinker" but it's nice now and again.

I grew up in Michigan and miss the Great Lakes. Most of my time was on Lake Michigan, but I have stuck a toe in Superior in the fall (brrr...) and took a tiny motorboat out on Huron in high winds. That was a mistake, but nothing bad came out of it.

Now, here in Kentucky we don't have true lakes, just dammed-up rivers.

I was four when EF sunk. I really didn't know about it for a few years afterwards. I did grow up listening to Gordon Lightfoot and that song still gives me shivers.
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For the youngsters here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Edmund_Fitzgerald

I was in college at the time.

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