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It happened 35 years ago today: the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Who can forget the haunting ballad by Gordon Lightfoot?  The Edmund Fitzgerald went down on November 10, 1975.  

Years later, the tragedy formed part of the first homily I ever delivered in homiletics class (and which I preached again later after I was ordained.)  

God bless those men, and their families. 

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord…

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posted November 10, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Nice homily, Greg.
I have always been intrigued by the fact that of the three synoptics only Mark mentions that Jesus was asleep in the stern with His head on a pillow (according to the Good News translation) or asleep on a cushion (according to the New American Bible translation). Interesting.

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posted November 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm

And may perpetual light shine upon them …
National Geographic had a great article on the Edmund Fitzgerald a few years ago that included photos of the wreck from a robotic submersible. One memorable image showed a can of Iron City being passed by a robotic arm into the wheelhouse, in honor of a crewman who was known to have been on duty there that night.

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posted November 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm

This post made me smile- I am in Oregon, and when our office secretary at the parish where I work as Pastoral Associate asked me if I knew what today was, I promptly said, “It’s the birthday of the Marine Corps and Pope St. Leo the Great’s feast day!”. (Well, it is!) She is from Ohio and informed me that it is also the commemoration of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald…and I started to sing Gordon Lightfoot’s song…so this was actually kind of a quirky reference for a California girl transplanted to Oregon! (me) This is not to demean those who died, but the reference was interesting. When I was a freshman in college, I worked my way through school working at Reuben’s Plankhouse as a waitress and we used to listen to the Gordon Lightfoot song over and over on the pre-recorded track in 1977 & 78. That’s how I memorized the song.

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posted November 11, 2010 at 8:58 am

In October, my 23 yr. old daughter and I heard Gordon Lightfoot in concert. His voice is older now, but when he sang The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, my memories filled in all the depths of his younger voice and it was just as haunting as ever.

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posted November 11, 2010 at 9:18 am

AlDelG mentioned in his post about the can of Iron City Beer that was placed on the wreck as a tribute.
Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland started out as a craft-brewery attached to a brew-pub. It now has a much wider market and a much greater capacity. One of its consistently biggest sellers is “Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.”
If any of you folks out in “blog-land” are “beer-snobs,” and ever get to northern Ohio, ask for it by name.

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