Rick Spilman

Rick Spilman
Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
March 25
I am the author of a nautical thriller set in the last days of sail, Hell Around the Horn. I also the host of the Old Salt Blog. I have a background in ship operations, banking and corporate communications. I am an avid sailor and kayaker.

NOVEMBER 10, 2011 3:07PM

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – November 10, 1975

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A fitting tribute to the 29 men who went down with the Great Lakes ore boat, the SS Edmund Fitgerald, which sank 36 years ago today in Lake Superior.

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald 

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when I was a child I heard about the wreck on Dad's shortwave radio. I couldnt grasp the idea of a lake that huge. When I saw it a few years later in winter, I understood.
This remains a sad event for many in my part of the world. Thanks for the post.
It was a helluva storm. I was a kid when it happened, but I wrote about it in a post, Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald, a couple of years ago.
Thanks Rick. Lightfoot at least gave us a legend of a song to remember the 29 gone. A terrible tragedy.

"Does any one know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?
The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her.
They might have split up or they might have capsized;
May have broke deep and took water.
And all that remains is the faces and the names
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters"
It doesn't seem 36 years ago does it?