The Sinking Of The Edmund Fitzgerald – 35 Year Ago Today.

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Here are more┬ámeteorological┬ádetails than you ever thought you’d know about this tragedy . Like many of my generation, I only know of the story through the lyrics of the Gordon Lightfoot song about the ship. As a kid, I remember listening to the song, and thinking that the Edmund Fitz must have been a real ship, and it was a sad story. It was hard to understand the lyrics coming through the tiny speaker of our little portable Radio Shack AM radio, great technology for 1976… it’s what we all had in the day. But the song, with its Witch Of November storm, had, and still has, a mystical quality about it.

Here’s a video of the GL song, with some vintage news footage covering the event. This is also dedicated to my dad, who so loved Lightfoots music. Enjoy.

Crap. I just got done watching the whole video. They list the names of the sailors lost, and I started to tear up a bit. When did I become so vulnerable to this kind of thing?

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PS. The song has a great guitar tone. Wonder what he was using?

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1 Comment to “The Sinking Of The Edmund Fitzgerald – 35 Year Ago Today.”

  1. By Jeff Alberts, November 14, 2010 @ 5:43 am

    As a kid, I remember listening to the song, and thinking that the Edmund Fitz must have been a real ship

    Umm, it WAS a real ship.

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