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Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by TeleStratMan, Nov 10, 2019 at 8:08 AM.

  1. TeleStratMan

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    Was stationed in Michigan in the military when this happened and it was all over the news for several days.



    https://www.postbulletin.com/news/h...cle_075b50aa-01a1-11ea-b6f3-5bd6380b13c4.html



    https://ssedmundfitzgerald.org/crewtribute


    General characteristics
    Type: Lake freighter
    Tonnage:
    Length:
    Beam: 75 ft (23 m)[3]
    Draft: 25 ft (7.6 m) typical
    Depth: 39 ft (12 m) (moulded)[4]
    Depth of hold: 33 ft 4 in (10.16 m)[4][5]
    Installed power:
    • As built:
    • Coal fired Westinghouse Electric Corporation steam turbine at 7,500 shp (5,600 kW)
    • After refit:
    • Conversion to oil fuel and the fitting of automated boiler controls over the winter of 1971–72.
    • Carried 72,000 U.S. gal (270,000 L; 60,000 imp gal) fuel oil
    Propulsion: Single fixed pitch 19.5 ft (5.9 m) propeller
    Speed: 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)
    Capacity: 25,400 tons of cargo
    Crew: 29
     
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    Yep...remember it well. A sad day for certain.
     
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    The searchers all say they’d have made Whitefish Bay if they put fifteen more miles behind her.
     
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    Was just up in Sault St. Marie last summer. Visited a couple of the museums around the locks. Didn't get to make it up to Whitefish Bay for the official Museum. Just so crazy to think of the quantity of ship wrecks in the Great Lakes.

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    Nothing like Monday Morning Quarterbacking.

    Ernest Michael McSorley (September 29, 1912 – November 10, 1975) was the last captain of the ill-fated Laker-type freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald. McSorley died along with the other 28 members of his crew when the Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975.[1][2][3][4]

    A Canadian by birth, McSorley wanted to captain a boat. At age eleven in 1924, he moved to the United States with his father and stepmother and spent his teenage years in the St. Lawrence River town of Ogdensburg, New York.[5] A veteran mariner, McSorley had over 40 years experience on both the Great Lakes and oceans. He assumed command of the Fitzgerald at the start of the 1972 shipping season and had commanded nine ships before joining the crew of the Fitzgerald.

    A quiet man, McSorley was well respected by his contemporaries as a skillful master and by his men, whom he treated as professionals. McSorley had turned 63 a month and a half before the Fitzgerald incident and intended to retire at the end of the shipping season. Captain McSorley's last known words were, "We are holding our own." Despite his death in a storm, McSorley was respected throughout his career as a superb heavy weather captain.

    McSorley resided in the Toledo suburb of Ottawa Hills, Ohio,[1][6] and was married to the former Nellie Pollock, an Illinois native. Although he had no children of his own, Nellie was the mother of three children from a previous marriage. Nellie McSorley, who was in ill health at the time of her husband's death, survived for another seventeen years, dying at age 82 on February 13, 1993.
     
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    A ship that is 729 feet long in 30+ ft swells only 530 feet above the bottom, something is gonna go wrong.

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    Completely Agree. The Arthur M Anderson made the same journey within 15 minutes and survived the storm. Still the big mystery of how fast and why the Fitzgerald sank without even a mayday distress call. Several theories out there.



     

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