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Amazing Tribute to Edmund Fitzgerald Features Real FootageForward by Tim King Salem-News.com
"But it looks from the information that we have that it's, uh, fairly certain that the, uh, Fitzgerald went down" -
(SALEM, Ore.) - A tribute to the 29 men who died November 10, 1975, aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior has been posted on YouTube by a user named Joseph Hulton.
It is a heart wrenching piece and it really puts the viewer into the story of these men who all were lost due to tragic circumstances and bad timing. Most people know the song and story by Gordon Lightfoot that told the story of the voyage that ended in the "Ice Water Mansion" of Lake Superior.
A documentary produced in recent years takes cameras to the actual site of the massive freighter where it sits firmly on the bottom with her name still clearly visible.
This video begins with an announcer who reads: "An air and sea search is continuing for possible survivors of the Edmund Fitzgerald, a 729 foot ore carrier, which apparently broke apart and sunk last night on Lake Superior. The ship and its 29-man crew vanished in a storm with 80 mile-an-hour winds and wave heights up to 25 feet. All that has been found is an oil slick and some debris."
Other real radio transmissions included in the video are:
"We last had contact with 'em, the mate had talked to him ... at about 10 minutes after 7, 19:10, and he said he was going along fine and no problem."
"But it looks from the information that we have that it's, uh, fairly certain that the, uh, Fitzgerald went down."
"Uh, no, I didn't have him, uh, visually, I had him on radar; he was, uh, exactly 10 miles ahead of us. I asked him how he was making out with his problems and he said he was holding his own, but I, uh, lost contact after that."
The lyrics of the song Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot:
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
The ship was the pride of the American side
The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
When suppertime came the old cook came on deck sayin'
Does any one know where the love of God goes
Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed,
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