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Re: If You Could Dive Down To One Ship (Apart From Titanic) Which Would It Be?
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Steuben, and Scharnhoorst sound German. am i correct? where did the Lusitania go down again?


Yup...both German.

Lusitania sank just off the southern coast of Ireland...like 13 miles from the Old Head of Kinsale, I think.
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  •  Captain_Jack
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Re: If You Could Dive Down To One Ship (Apart From Titanic) Which Would It Be?
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I would like to be the first to find and dive the Andrea Gail, a sword boat. Only to photograph of course.
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Re: If You Could Dive Down To One Ship (Apart From Titanic) Which Would It Be?
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Sealord, what happened to the Edmund Fitzgerald?


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Sealord, what happened to the Edmund Fitzgerald?


I'm not Sealord, but Edmund Fitzgerald went down on the eastern end of Lake Superior in a fierce storm on 10 November, 1975, takin' its entire crew of 29.


LeoPlumtree, thanks for answering the question. Here is more information.

It was on November 10, 1975 when the freighter S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald left Superior Wisconsin bound for Detroit Michigan. She carried a load of 26,000 tons of iron ore pellets. At 729 feet long and 75 feet wide, she was the largest vessel on the Great Lakes.

Ahead of her on Lake Superior was the worst storm of that winter. Winds up to 60mph and waves up to 30 feet high. She tried to seek shelter at Whitefish Bay when she began to take on water and listed to starboard. Another freighter, the S. S. Arthur M. Anderson, was within 10 miles of her around 7pm. Anderson's bridge watchstanders had radio and radar contact and could see her navigational lights. Then suddenly the lights were gone along with the radar blip. Radio contact could not be re-established. The S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald had disappeared without issuing a mayday call. There was no sign of her 29 crew members.

Up until this time, she was just another shipwreck on the Great Lakes. But the following year, 1976, Gordon Lightfoot recorded a song titled "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald". The haunting music and lyrics is what got me interested in this wreck.

To read the lyrics, click here.

To hear a sample of that song, click here and scroll about 1/3 the way down to the Listen To Samples section. Select song #14.
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  •  LeoPlumtree
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Re: If You Could Dive Down To One Ship (Apart From Titanic) Which Would It Be?
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It was on November 10, 1975 when the freighter S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald left Superior Wisconsin bound for Detroit Michigan. She carried a load of 26,000 tons of iron ore pellets. At 729 feet long and 75 feet wide, she was the largest vessel on the Great Lakes.


While Edmund Fitzgerald was no longer the largest on the Great Lakes by 1975, I'm pretty sure you're right that it had been for a time.
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Re: If You Could Dive Down To One Ship (Apart From Titanic) Which Would It Be?
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duz anyone know what was the largest?
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  •  LeoPlumtree
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Even Aurthur M. Anderson was larger than the Fitz, but it'd been lengthened, I believe. There were other ships, such as Roger Blough (which my grandpa worked on) that were much larger, and even a couple 1000'ers, such as Stewart J. Cort that were already operating on the Lakes.

All these ships are still active (with the exception of the Fitz, of course)
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  •  edward9139
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wow! they must be old. my dad worked on a ship a couple of months ago that was 1000+ feet. and could carry 4500+ cars when fully loaded. he said he'd been on bigger ones when he was in college
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  •  Sealord
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It was on November 10, 1975 when the freighter S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald left Superior Wisconsin bound for Detroit Michigan. She carried a load of 26,000 tons of iron ore pellets. At 729 feet long and 75 feet wide, she was the largest vessel on the Great Lakes.


While Edmund Fitzgerald was no longer the largest on the Great Lakes by 1975, I'm pretty sure you're right that it had been for a time.


LeoPlumtree, you are absolutely correct. In reality, the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald is the largest ship to be lost on the Great Lakes.

I did more research and learned that there were two 1000 foot long merchant vessels in service on the Great Lakes in 1975 (S.S. Stewart J. Cort and S.S. Presque Isle).
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  •  Sealord
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LeoPlumtree wrote:
Even Aurthur M. Anderson was larger than the Fitz, but it'd been lengthened, I believe. There were other ships, such as Roger Blough (which my grandpa worked on) that were much larger, and even a couple 1000'ers, such as Stewart J. Cort that were already operating on the Lakes.

All these ships are still active (with the exception of the Fitz, of course)


Once again LeoPlumtree, you are correct.

When the S.S. Arthur M. Anderson was built in 1951, she had an overall length of 647 feet. Between 1974 and 1975, she was lengthened to 767 feet, making her longer than the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald.

Thirteen merchant vessels, with lengths of 1000 feet or more, were built for Great Lakes service. To see a complete list, as well as some photos, click here.
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Re: If You Could Dive Down To One Ship (Apart From Titanic) Which Would It Be?
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Really? Thats amazing.
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