Edmund Fitzgerald remembers
Mon 8 November 2021 3:00 PM
The annual Edmund Fitzgerald commemoration and music event on November 4, hosted by artist and enthusiast Tom Asklar, went very well at the Brickyard Brewing Company, where many came to support the historic Lewiston Council on the Arts and its mission. The presentation enlightened the audience on the ship’s active history as an iron ore transporter on the Great Lakes, its place in the world of commerce and life on board.
“Thank you all for coming. Now we will ring the Memorial Bell in honor of the 29 men lost on November 10, 1975 on Lake Superior aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald,” said “Commodore” Justin Higner of Wheatfield. “We also honor, with the 30th Bell, Merchant Marines of the United States, Canada and the world. ‘In Peace and War’ we owe them our unwavering thanks. As we remember the men and women of the world. hear the ringing of the bell, we should cry, but we should also celebrate their life. As the bell is in their heart, they are in the bell. And in the tone of the bell are the voices of men and we will listen. “
The bagpipe ringing was performed after playing 29 names with the melody “Amazing Grace” by Merchant Mariner Jim Rankine. The music was provided with excellent melody by Bruce Wojick, Jamie Holka, David Thurman and guest Jeremy Hoyle playing the classic ballad “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot among other classic songs. BBC’s own special beer Gitchgumee was on draft (and still is) as well as an excellent menu.The 14-foot-long illuminated art sculpture of the doomed ship, built four years ago by Higner, comes in four pieces for easy movement.
The ship, blinded by the force of wind and water, was mysteriously lost in hurricane-force winds and 35-foot waves around 7:15 p.m. on November 10 on Lake Superior. Arthur M. Anderson (pursuing and assisting the Fitzgerald) and cargo ships William Clay Ford were also caught in the storm.
(Submitted by Justin Higner)