The Edmond Fitzgerald

The Ship’s Bell Tolls
One of my favorite songs of all time is the Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald. The haunting lyrics of the song tell such a great story as they recount the perilous journey. A load of 126,000 tons of iron ore headed for the steel mills of Cleveland, Ohio. It must have been a scary sad time when the sailors realized they were taking on water and going down. The cold icy waters of Lake Superior took their toll and all was lost. As the Artic Blasts of November come moving across the United States, I thought I would repost this one for the Veteran Sailors who were lost in the Storm.

Icy wind whistles
Superior’s fright’ning death song
Sailors all go down

15 thoughts on “The Edmond Fitzgerald

  1. I was on a trip to the Straits of Mackinac in the nineties, to dive the wrecks there, and we made a side trip to the lighthouse and museum at Whitefish Point. From there we went to the locks at Sault Ste. Marie. As we arrived, the Arthur M. Anderson (the last ship to be in contact with the Edmund Fitzgerald) was passing through the locks.

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  2. I have listened to that song many times, but I never knew the story behind it until now. It is so very sad, that there were no rescue crews to go out for them. Hopefully, that has been changed. I have always loved the song, now it has new meaning – I will never hear it the same again. Thank You so very much for bringing that story to light.

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  3. Gordon Lightfoot — a cultural treasure for sure, with a strong hand in the folk-rock sound of the 1960s and 70s. Somehow, though, I don’t recall seeing his face in the middle of the hippie scene (Summer of Love, Woodstock) for which he helped shape the sonic contours. Was his voice too classical? Was he there in the thick of the countercultural movement and I just missed it? 🙂

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