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  1. Bottle bombs

    It's the way of the road.
  2. Edmund Fitzgerald Nov 10, 1975

    Wheelsman steers the ship.. the Captain never touched the wheel. Wheelsman was in control of the ship whether the Captain was on the bridge or not.. as when Cap went to bed. 1st mate would spell off the Cap and also read charts and plot the course, which was approved by Cap. Chief Engineer oversees all of the mechanicals of the ship and spells out the duties to the other engineers under him... and does a lot of paperwork involved with fuel supply, running the self unloader system, etc. Oiler and Wiper positions were from the old steam days, and their positions are as they are named.. keeping the large number of bearings on the engine well oiled, and wiper, keeping everything clean, which of course keeeps things running smoothly. Deckhands do everything required topside from removing and then securing hatch covers, going ashore to secure mooring lines, chipping ice, scraping, painting, cleaning the cargo holds, etc. They are supervised by the Watchman. Generally, everybody works 4 hours on duty, 4 hours off, around the clock.
  3. Edmund Fitzgerald Nov 10, 1975

    It is estimated that it was at this time, between 7:20 and 7:30 e.s.t. that she went down and disappeared... This is a very nice tribute video.
  4. Edmund Fitzgerald Nov 10, 1975

    Thanks, Randy. Yes, it has been talked about of the waves comprimising the hatch covers. The captain said that the vents to the ballast tanks were comprimised but even if they were all gone the pumps on board could have kept up with that problem. It is possible that some hatch clamps may have worked loose, but with the Fitz having the one piece hatch covers, it is unlikely that they would have caused a catastrophy. The older ships had elescoping covers which had to be tarped to keep sealed. In my own research I have concluded to agree with Captain Cooper of the Anderson that she hit bottom at Six Fathom Shoal and tore a hole in her belly.
  5. Edmund Fitzgerald Nov 10, 1975

    MTO, Yes, in the days before bow thrusters only fore or aft motion of the ship could control where the bow (the front) was. It was difficult to be precise during slow maneuvers when in high winds or high current situations. When you get up close to them you can see that there aren't many straight panels left around the water or docking line. The old ships were built to withstand quite a bit of these encounters though.
  6. Edmund Fitzgerald Nov 10, 1975

    Here is a link to a timeline of the events in the life of the Fitz right up to the end and beyond.
  7. Edmund Fitzgerald Nov 10, 1975

    I was thinking the same thing, George. While out on service calls yesterday the Gales of November were definitely upon us!
  8. Edmund Fitzgerald Nov 10, 1975

    Today we remember the 29 men lost on Lake Superior in 1975. In a terrible storm, their ship, The Edmund Fitzgerald disappeared from the surface after a great fight to make it to safety. When built, she was the biggest, most modern, and arguably one of the best looking ships to ever sail our inland seas. We also honor those who so bravely searched for her into the next day, knowing that they could easily meet the same fate. We keep in out hearts and thoughts all of our friends and shipmates who currently sail on the lakes and wish them safe sailing throughout their days.
  9. 1066 TA hestitating

    Owen is correct.
  10. W4. McCormick or International Badge?

  11. W4. McCormick or International Badge?

    ...or I wondered if they just threw International badges on at the factory if they ran short of McCormick ones. .
  12. W4. McCormick or International Badge?

    It seems that there are quite a few W4s around that have an International badge on the grille as opposed to the McCormick as usually seen. A friend of mine has one that seems to have an original International badge.... and no, it's not an I4. He has been trying to research this query and has found that he is not the only one to run across this. Any insight? Cheers... FD
  13. Videos from our hometown IH show!

    Thanks so much for the kind words, George! I'm sorry I missed you there, but you aren't the only one I missed! I was very busy all weekend running live demonstrations, which is a fun, but hectic weekend. haha.
  14. Videos from our hometown IH show!

    The drone videos are not on my own Youtube channel.. I will come back with updates when they put the others up though. Glad you all liked the little "virtual tour" of our show. Everyone is still ecstatic about this years show! Thanks!!