The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

On November 10th, 1975, twenty-nine men were killed when the Edmund Fitzgerald, a Great Lakes ore carrier, went down in a storm.  I found this clip on the net and had to post it.  As someone who spent over three years at sea, the most haunting line in the Gordon Lightfoot song is “Does anyone know where the love of god goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours.”  Believer or not, the line captures the feeling of absolute helplessness of being tossed about by an angry sea in a ship of any size.  Anyone who has been at sea for any length of time understands what I mean.

I guess the film, which shows a mild blow, was probably made on a prior voyage of the Fitzgerald.  Enjoy it, and perhaps give a thought to the sailors currently bouncing around out there.


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