Last night I noticed I duplicated one beer in my journey toward 1000 beers, and therefore, in order to correct the mistake this beer is also #498. Tonight, my family and I are at Flingers Pizza & Pub having dinner. They always have a good selection of craft beers on tap, and I noticed this one on the menu. I wasn’t familiar with the Edmund Fitzgerald, so I looked it up on my phone. According to the Wikipedia entry, it’s “an American Great Lakes freighter that made headlines after sinking in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975.” When I noticed it was coincidentally the 37th anniversary of its sinking, I knew I had to have this beer (and raise a toast to the 29 people who were lost when it sank).
Location: On tap and served in a regular tumbler pint glass at Flingers Pizza & Pub in Bloomington, IL.
Appearance & Aroma: It was black in color, but brown/ruby highlights were noticeable when held up to the light. There was a thin, cream colored head in it and a good roasty, chocolate, and molasses aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body was light-medium and the mouthfeel was slightly watery, and a bit crisp. There’s a mix of roasted…
We are almost upon the dreadful day that marks the wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, and the unfortunate loss of its 29 crew members. Christened and launched in June of 1958, her maiden voyage was on September 24th of the same year. Also known as The Mighty Fitz and the Pride of the American Flag, she served for 17 years. With a length of 729 feet and a beam (width) of 75 feet, she is the largest ship to sink in the Great Lakes. Her registry number was US 277437, and she was tragically taken out of service on November 10th, 1975.
I cannot imagine what it must have been like to be on board that ship on that fateful day.
Shipwreck: the Edmund Fitzgerald Besides the Familiar song Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, by Gordon lightfoot, there’s so much more to know about the shipwreck that happened in a brutal November storm. How much do you know about it?
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Remembering the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, 36 years later
On November 10th, 1975 — 36 years ago today — the SS Edmund Fitzgerald — also known as the “Titanic of the Great Lakes” — sank in Canadian waters approximately 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay, at the mouth of Lake Superior. Although the Fitzgerald had reported being in difficulty earlier in the evening, no distress signals were sent before she sank. Her crew of 29 perished in the 535-foot-deep water, with no bodies ever recovered.
On this day in 1975, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks in Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew members on board. It was the worst single accident in Lake Superior’s history. The ship weighed more than 13,000 tons and was 730 feet long. It was launched in 1958 as the biggest…
On 10 Nov. 1975, the largest ship on the Great Lakes, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank.
The ship left Superior, WI on the afternoon of 9 November and was heading toward a steel mill near Detroit, MI, when it was caught in a severe storm the next day, with near-hurricane force winds and waves of 35 feet.
Shortly after 7 pm, the ship sank about 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay (near Sault Ste. Marie, MI). No distress signals were sent, and all 29 crew members were lost.
Gordon Lightfoot read about the disaster in the 24 Nov. 1975 issue of Newsweek magazine and was inspired to write a song based on the events. “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” was released a year later on 20 Nov. 1976.
This ship paper model is a SS Edmund Fitzgerald, an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29, the papercraft created by RocketmanTan. When launched on June 8, 1958, she was the largest ship on North America’s Great Lakes, and she remains the largest to have sunk there. Nicknamed the “Mighty Fitz”, “Fitz”, or “Big Fitz”, the ship suffered a series of mishaps during her launch: it took three attempts to break the champagne bottle used to christen her, and she collided with a pier when she entered the water.
For seventeen years the Fitzgerald carried taconite iron ore from mines near Duluth, Minnesota, to iron works in Detroit, Toledo, and other Great Lakes ports. As a “workhorse” she set seasonal haul records six times, often beating her own previous record. Her size, record-breaking performance, and “DJ captain” endeared the Fitzgerald to boat watchers. Captain Peter Pulcer was known for piping music day or night over the ship’s intercom system while passing through the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers, and entertaining spectators at the Soo Locks with a running commentary about the Fitzgerald.
Carrying a full cargo of ore pellets with Captain Ernest M. McSorley in command, the Edmund Fitzgerald embarked on her final voyage from Superior, Wisconsin, on the afternoon of November 9, 1975. En route to a steel mill near Detroit, Michigan, she joined a second freighter, the SS Arthur M. Anderson. By the next day the two ships were caught in the midst of a severe winter storm on Lake Superior, with near hurricane-force winds and waves up to 35 feet (11 m) high. Shortly after 7:10 p.m. the Fitzgerald suddenly sank in Canadian waters 530 feet (160 m) deep, approximately 17 miles (15 nautical miles; 27 kilometers) from the entrance to Whitefish Bay near the twin cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Although the Fitzgerald had reported being in difficulty earlier, no distress signals were sent before she sank. Her crew of 29 all perished, and no bodies were recovered.
Many theories, books, studies and expeditions have examined the cause of the sinking. The Fitzgerald may have fallen victim to the high waves of the storm, suffered structural failure, been swamped with water entering through her cargo hatches or deck, experienced topside damage, or shoaled in a shallow part of Lake Superior. The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald is one of the best-known disasters in the history of Great Lakes shipping. Gordon Lightfoot made it the subject of his 1976 hit song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald“.
Investigations into the sinking led to changes in Great Lakes shipping regulations and practices that included mandatory survival suits, depth finders, positioning systems, increased freeboard, and more frequent inspection of vessels. [Source: wiki]
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior, taking all 29 crew members with her.
At the time of its launch in 1958, the 729-foot-long freighter was the largest and fastest ship on the Great Lakes. The Edmund Fitzgerald began its…