Obituaries

In Memoriam: S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald June 7, 1958 – November 10, 1975

Memorial to be Streamed This Year for Public

On November 10th, 1975, the Great Lakes community lost 29 brave crew members of the S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald as ship and crew were declared lost to Lake Superior during a severe November storm.

The 46th annual S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Ceremony will be a closed event limited to surviving family members of the lost crew and those that took part in the rescue effort.  However, those still wishing to pay their respects can view the event via live stream and on local TV.  Please visit the 2021 Edmund Fitzgerald Ceremony website for more details.

At approximately 7:10pm on November 10, please hold a moment of silence and imagine the Mighty Fitz’s bell solemnly toll for the 29 souls lost.

Ernest McSorley — Captain

John McCarthy — First mate

James Pratt — Second mate

Michael Armagost — Third mate

David Weiss — Cadet

Ransom Cundy — Watchman

Karl Peckol — Watchman

William Spengler — Watchman

John Simmons — Senior wheelman

Eugene O’Brien — Wheelman

John Poviach — Wheelman

Paul Riippa — Deckhand

Mark Thomas — Deckhand

Bruce Hudson — Deckhand

George Holl — Chief engineer

Edward Bindon — First assistant engineer

Thomas Edwards — Second assistant engineer

Russell Haskell — Second assistant engineer

Oliver Champeau — Third assistant engineer

Ralph Walton — Oiler

Blaine Wilhelm — Oiler

Thomas Bentsen — Oiler

Gordon MacLellan — Wiper

Robert Rafferty — Steward

Allen Kalmon — Second steward

Joseph Mazes — Special maintenance man

Thomas Borgeson — Maintenance man

Frederick Beetcher — Porter

Nolan Church — Porter

Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep,
O hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at thy word,
Who walkedst on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep,
O hear us when we cry to thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace,
O hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea!

Eternal Father, grant, we pray,
To all Marines, both night and day,
The courage, honor, strength, and skill
Their land to serve, thy law fulfill;
Be thou the shield forevermore
From every peril to the Corps.

Lord, guard and guide the ones who fly
Through the great spaces in the sky.
Be with them always in the air,
In darkening storms or sunlight fair.

Thornical Press

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