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The Legend of The Edmund Fitzgerald
by Dawn D Elwood

Saturday, March 12, 2011
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I will not ever forget the day when this ship went down, I lived through a part of history. These are the men who were lost.
Michael E. Armagost
37
Third Mate
Iron River, Wisconsin

Fred J. Beetcher
56
Porter
Superior, Wisconsin

Thomas D. Bentsen
23
Oiler
St. Joseph, Michigan

Edward F. Bindon
47
First Asst. Engineer
Fairport Harbor, Ohio

Thomas D. Borgeson
41
Maintenance Man
Duluth, Minnesota

Oliver J. Champeau
41
Third Asst. Engineer
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Nolan S. Church
55
Porter
Silver Bay, Minnesota

Ransom E. Cundy
53
Watchman
Superior, Wisconsin

Thomas E. Edwards
50
Second Asst. Engineer
Oregon, Ohio

Russell G. Haskell
40
Second Asst. Engineer
Millbury, Ohio

George J. Holl
60
Chief Engineer
Cabot, Pennsylvania

Bruce L. Hudson
22
Deck Hand
North Olmsted, Ohio

Allen G. Kalmon
43
Second Cook
Washburn, Wisconsin

Gordon F. MacLellan
30
Wiper
Clearwater, Florida

Joseph W. Mazes
59
Special Maintenance Man
Ashland, Wisconsin

John H. McCarthy
62
First Mate
Bay Village, Ohio

Ernest M. McSorley
63
Captain
Toledo, Ohio

Eugene W. O'Brien
50
Wheelsman
Toledo, Ohio

Karl A. Peckol
20
Watchman
Ashtabula, Ohio

John J. Poviach
59
Wheelsman
Bradenton, Florida

James A. Pratt
44
Second Mate
Lakewood, Ohio

Robert C. Rafferty
62
Steward
Toledo, Ohio

Paul M. Riippa
22
Deck Hand
Ashtabula, Ohio

John D. Simmons
63
Wheelsman
Ashland, Wisconsin

William J. Spengler
59
Watchman
Toledo, Ohio

Mark A. Thomas
21
Deck Hand
Richmond Heights, Ohio

Ralph G. Walton
58
Oiler
Fremont, Ohio

David E. Weiss
22
Cadet
Agoura, California

Blaine H. Wilhelm
52
Oiler
Moquah, Wisconsin

 

 

 "Lake Superior doesn’t ever give up her dead,"
the seamen say that’s what the old legends said.
The Edmund Fitzgerald was a large freight ship,
and in November of 1975 she made her last trip.

She cleared Superior Wisconsin Nov. 9, 1975,
whole crew went down with her, no one survived.
Capt. McSorely called in, said “taking on water,”
worst storm he'd seen and would be his slaughter.

November is referred to as the "month of storms"
on these Great Lake’s, can take on many forms.
Ships in the area knew the Fitzgerald went down,
so deadly the storm, they too feared they'd drown.

All 29 officers and crew went down that fateful day,
Lake Superior just proved what the old legends say.
Edmund Fitzgerald lies broken, lying in two sections,
in her deep dark watery grave, still lie our recollections.

 

 

 


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