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BREE'S BLOG: In The Wake of the Fitzgerald

On the lake, a bleak November Ten morning

By 1 a.m. on Ten November, black water scoured the deck of the big ship. Conditions had grown worse as the Fitzgerald made its way northward along the Northern Track. The barometer had been dropping steadily since she sailed out of the Duluth Superior port and at about 7 p.m. , the winds shifted and  Read More 

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Bodies on the Fitzgerald?

The revelations about the lost bodies from the Two Harbors diver raised many questions about what happened to the men who went down with the Edmund Fitzgerald. Where are they now? From the many official videos I had seen over the years, the camera seemed shy of peering into the wheelhouse but lingered a  Read More 

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The hatch cover concerns of the Fitzgerald

No doubt about it: the Fitz had taken a beating in her years of service. As she sailed out of the Superior entryway on her last voyage, she was not a new boat, although when the 729-foot ore boat's keel was laid in 1958, she was the first maximum sized freighter built up to that  Read More 
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The last voyage of the Big Fitz begins

I was sailing down the coast of Superior, out of the Apostle Islands, when I entered the Superior entryway. I managed to tie up at the old Coast Guard station, now nearly abandoned, and tonight I was in the pilothouse of an old tugboat, chatting with the captain, as fog and night rolled in.  Read More 
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