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#8237616 - 11/09/13 12:32 PM 11/10/1975
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38 years ago tomorrow.

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#8237710 - 11/09/13 01:15 PM Re: 11/10/1975 [Re: teal]
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That's an interesting story. I saw a documentary about that, where they went down and retrieved the ships bell and brought it up. They told the story, and showed graphics, about how the ship actually broke apart in that freak storm. At the end of the show, they rang the actual ships bell 29 times, one for each crewman lost on that ship. One of the better documentary's that I've seen.
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#8237735 - 11/09/13 01:26 PM Re: 11/10/1975 [Re: antlers]
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#8237769 - 11/09/13 01:40 PM Re: 11/10/1975 [Re: Ghostinthemachine]
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#8237894 - 11/09/13 02:31 PM Re: 11/10/1975 [Re: BOWSINGER]
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Before I went in the Navy, I worked on those ships 1962 - 1964. I didn't know any of the crew on the "Fitz" personally, but we saw it about once a week somewhere between Detroit and Superior Wisconsin, sometimes within shouting distance.

If you haven't been there, you have no idea of the sheer power of water and the fury that storms can bring to the Lakes.

Myron


Edited by speedsixman (11/09/13 03:03 PM)

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#8237924 - 11/09/13 02:44 PM Re: 11/10/1975 [Re: speedsixman]
teal Offline
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Originally Posted By: speedsixman
Before I went in the Navy, I worked on those ships 1992 - 1994. I didn't know any of the crew on the "Fitz" personally, but we saw it about once a week somewhere between Detroit and Superior Wisconsin, sometimes within shouting distance.

If you haven't been there, you have no idea of the sheer power of water and the fury that storms can bring to the Lakes.

Myron


Guessing that's a typo in the dates as the Fitz was on the bottom 17 years before you would have had a chance to see her?

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#8237984 - 11/09/13 03:10 PM Re: 11/10/1975 [Re: teal]
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Thanks for catching my brain phart. I was only 30 years off!
I went back and corrected the post.

The ship I worked on at the time was the Paul Carnahan, long since scrapped. Almost all the big ships from that era have been replaced with larger automated ships that take a fraction of the 30-something crews to operate. All self-unloaders instead of the Hulett unloaders that used to be at the unloading ports.

Myron


Edited by speedsixman (11/09/13 03:12 PM)

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#8238424 - 11/09/13 05:49 PM Re: 11/10/1975 [Re: speedsixman]
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thanks for that.....

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#8238488 - 11/09/13 06:03 PM Re: 11/10/1975 [Re: speedsixman]
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Originally Posted By: speedsixman
Before I went in the Navy, I worked on those ships 1962 - 1964. I didn't know any of the crew on the "Fitz" personally, but we saw it about once a week somewhere between Detroit and Superior Wisconsin, sometimes within shouting distance.

If you haven't been there, you have no idea of the sheer power of water and the fury that storms can bring to the Lakes.

Myron


+1. I have been on Lake Michigan and its power is amazing. I have never had the Atlanic scare me like Lake Michigan did.

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#8238501 - 11/09/13 06:06 PM Re: 11/10/1975 [Re: wilkeshunter]
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cool stuff ...grew up with that story.... I like the "more info" days now ....ends the "wth happen".....
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