A Night to Remember: A Newsman and a Sailor Recall When the Fitz Went Down

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Actually the Naugatuck

"We learned the Coast Guard dispatched two cutters, the Woodrush and the All night, we dug for details. We learned the Coast Guard dispatched two cutters, the Woodrush and the Naugatuck, from the Sault. (If memory serves me right, the Woodrush couldn’t leave immediately, due to heavy seas.)"

Actually that was the Naugatuck, which couldn't leave Whitefish Bay while the winds were over 60 knots. Woodrush was the ONLY operational heavy-weather capable boat the Coast Guard had that night.

Wendy 187 days ago

Green Bay remembrance.

I was working at an oil terminal in Green Bay when this happened. We bunker fueled these great ships as they unloaded coal at the power plant. Our whole crew was sadly affected.

Russ Kasten 255 days ago

Stormy night

I remember that storm very well. I lived in Marquette, Michigan on the third floor of a house on a hill. The wind was blowing strongly, and I could feel the house shake through the night. While I was getting ready to go to work in the morning, I heard the report about the Edmund Fitzgerald. This is a clear memory that has stayed with me all these years.

Jean Maatta 258 days ago


I lost a special friend that day. Paul Michael Riipa . 41 years later it still leaves a lump in my throat. I named my son after him. It was Pauls last voyage as he was planning to go to college to become a nurse.

Sheri Rektor 258 days ago

Big Fitz

As a former Marine OS I remember that night quite well very scary and Heart Wrenching R.I.P Brothers.

Danny Boon 258 days ago

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