10 November 1975

S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, official number 277437, sank in Lake Superior on 10 November 1975 with total loss of crew. Having sailed upbound and downbound from the Soo Locks three times, there was never a time entering or leaving Whitefish Bay that I didn’t think of “Fitzgerald” RIP

Herb Hilgenberg

For twenty five years (1987-2013) selflessly volunteered up to 8 hours every day bridging the gap in offshore weather often providing our family and often as many as 80 other mariners with suggested safe courses and or suggestions to stay put or put to sea. He retired in 2012 and my single side band radio …

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My First Visit to Bimini

Chalk’s Ocean Airlines for years touted to be the worlds oldest continually operating airline.  It was founded in 1919.  I flew to Bimini in the spring of 1958 meeting up with my uncle’s boat.  It was a never to be forgotten spring break.  Little did I realize that this vacation and summer sailing camp would …

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Hydraulic Effects

Sailing on the Great Lakes one sees a lot of “lakers.” In the roughly 4:45 minute run between the Soo Locks and Detour, MI, or nearly 9 hours running the St. Clair and Detroit rivers where close passage in restricted channels is frequent these are times that require extra vigilance. Running parallel course and too …

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