The captain wired in

Nov 30, 2000
"The captain wired in he had water comin' in
And the good ship and crew was in peril.
And later that night when his lights went out of sight
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald ..."

-Gordon Lightfoot, "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald."

33 years on, remember the crew of the Fitz.
Here are their names, grouped once again by me according to their duty stations aboard ship. From pilot house to engine room.

Ernest M. McSorley. Captain.

John H. McCarthy. First Mate.

James A. Pratt. Second Mate.

Michael E. Armagost. Third Mate.

Karl A. Peckol. Watchman.

William J. Spengler. Watchman.

Ransom E. Cundy. Watchman.

Eugene W. O'Brien. Wheelsman.

John J. Poviach. Wheelsman.

John D. Simmons. Wheelsman.

Bruce L. Hudson. Deckhand.

Paul M. Riippa. Deckhand.

Mark A. Thomas. Deckhand.

David E. Weiss. Cadet (of the deck).

Thomas D. Borgeson. Able-Bodied Maintenance Man.

Joseph W. Mazes. Special Maintenance Man.

George J. Holl. Chief Engineer.

Edward F. Bindon. First Assistant Engineer.

Thomas E. Edwards. Second Assistant Engineer.

Russell G. Haskell. Second Assistant Engineer.

Oliver J. Champeau. Third Assistant Engineer.

Blaine H. Wilhelm. Oiler.

Ralph G. Walton. Oiler.

Thomas Bentsen. Oiler.

Gordon F. MacLellan. Wiper.

Robert C. Rafferty. First Cook.*

Allen G. Kalmon. Second Cook.

Frederick J. Beetcher. Porter.

Nolan F. Church. Porter.

* Rafferty was not the regular First Cook on the Edmund Fitzgerald, but was a replacement for
Richard Bishop, the regular ship's cook. Who was having problems with ulcers the time of the final voyage, and was unable to go to work.

33 years on, may peace be unto their souls.

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