Nov 10-13

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2013: November: Nov 10-13
Soo Locks 1972    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Hank Lehtola
Passing through    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Hank Lehtola
Ill-fated boat    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Hank Lehtola

Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 12:39 pm:

We awoke to the sound of the Gales of November this morning here in Eagle River. Beyond the dunes outside of our window the Lake sounded like a never-ending freight train. The roar of the Lake reminded me of that line from Gordon Lightfoot's song that mentions the 'gales of November'. Here's the note that Henry Lehtola included with these photos:

I took these photos in... September of 1972 when my wife and I were on our honeymoon tour of the UP. At the time it was just a series of shots of ships going through the Soo Locks. Many years later I was going through my old slides when I came across these,--- I almost fell out of my chair.

Henry "Hank" Lehtola
It was 38 years ago today, I was driving from Southeast Michigan to the Copper Country, and as I made the rugged crossing over Mackinac Bridge, the radio announced they were closing it because of the fierceness of the winds. I made it as far as munising and got a room in an old mom-and-pop motel there, where I fell asleep to the sounds of those gales, and awoke to hear the news about the Edmund Fitzgerald. Another year passes, and we honor the memory of those who were lost.

By the way, tomorrow thank a Veteran that we still live in the land of the free.

Have a good week :o)
Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 12:59 pm:

Such a beautiful ship and such a terrible tragedy! Gordon Lightfoot's song always chokes me up. I listened to the tape over and over while painting the Fitzgerald a few years ago.
Yes, Charlie, let's never forget to be thankful for all those ~ living or who have passed on ~ who gave so much for our great freedoms!

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 01:04 pm:

Thinking of you on this day, Cheryl!!
May their memory never be forgotten.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 01:10 pm:

"Does anyone know where the Love of God goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours..."

By Cindy, New Baltimore, MI (Cindy) on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 02:18 pm:

I remember that night and a phone call we got from my mother-in-law who lived in the Sault on the shores of Lake Superior. She said it was the scariest storm they had ever witnessed. When we heard about the Fitzgerald a little later, all the phone lines and power lines were out. What a sad day in history. God bless all who were lost.

By philip odum (Phishinfill) on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 03:08 pm:


By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 05:10 pm:

I was a little late in getting online today, above is a article that I had published about ten years ago.

By Charlotte, Mishawaka, IN (Charlotte61) on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 06:26 pm:

Thinking of you today, Cheryl. Praying for all who were lost that day and all those they left behind.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 06:30 pm:

Eddyfitz, I think I remember reading that once before, on the Boatnerd site ~ very interesting and what a wonderful memory for you to look back on!
Thanks for posting it.

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 06:58 pm:

I took this pic this summer of the "Arthur M Anderson" at the end of our road on the St. Clair River.
This is the ship that tried to come to aid of the Fitzgerald when it was in distress. Obviously it didn't make it and it itself was lucky to have made it to Whitefish Bay. The Anderson after all these years is still operating on the lakes and we see it on the St. Clair River now and then.


By D. A. (Midwested) on Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 11:40 pm:

I remember that day all too well. I was living above
the Crown Bakery in downtown Houghton. Their huge
brick chimney was blown over and came crashing
through the roof filling the apartment above mine
with tons of bricks.

Rest in peace.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Monday, November 11, 2013 - 04:35 am:

Rest in Peace, Edmund Fitzgerald and crew. (Interesting the "Fitz" is displaying Canada's Maple Leaf Flag.)

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Monday, November 11, 2013 - 05:27 am:

Cotton: You are on my mind. Bless you.

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Monday, November 11, 2013 - 07:55 am:

Tom, I believe the Maple Leaf is flown because part of the downbound trip thur Whitefish Bay and the locks and the St Marys River the FITZ travels thru Canadian waters.

I sailed on 2 different freighters both thru the Soo and Welland Canal and at times I believe we would be flying 3 different flags above the pilot house. Dont know the meaning of that (I am now 76) but I am sure someone here will give us the answer.

By below the bridge (Wolterdr) on Monday, November 11, 2013 - 08:23 am:

fascinating pictures, & comments...

By dotti caldwell (Dotti) on Monday, November 11, 2013 - 11:29 am:

I am just seeing this today - wonderful shots of the Fitz. Thanks for posting. Thanks to those sharing their memories as well.

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