The Edmund Fitzgerald

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We have listened to the song by Gordon Lightfoot, we have studied the lyrics, we have watched the documentary, and we have read the book by Kathy-Jo Wargin. Now is the time to respond. Choose the writing prompt that you like best and leave your response bellow for others to read and respond to. Remember, others will be reading it, so make sure you check your spelling and read it over carefully!!!

1.Explain how the Edmund Fitzgerald may have sank.

2. How is the Edmund Fitzgerald and what happened to the Titanic similar or different?

3. How does the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald make you feel and why?

Listen to Gordon to get some inspiration! 

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12 thoughts on “The Edmund Fitzgerald

    aiden said:
    October 25, 2016 at 10:28 am

    The Edmund Fitzgerald
    The Edmund Fitzgerald was a boat that was made for carrying lots of ore.
    The Edmund Fitzgerald sank in 1975 By plunging to the bottom. The weight of the Edmund Fitzgerald was over 26000t of iron ore and that it had not that much out of water. So if a wave hit it all the ore went to the front and it plunged so fast into the water.
    Another reason it plunged to the bottom is that there was a rogue wave. And that rogue wave was 35F tall from the song. So that would bring it up and down into the water and the wave would be bigger than the boat so the boat would have time to snap in half.
    The last reason it plunged to the bottom is that the Edmund Fitz went down so fast that the Arthur .M .Anderson did not see where the Edmund Fitz went. They checked the radar and there was nothing there on the radar. No matter how it sank. the captain and the crew will always be remembered.

    eric said:
    October 25, 2016 at 10:29 am

    I think the Edmund Fitzgerald sank by plunging to the bottom. I think this because it took the wrong path. When it took the wrong path it was too close to a shore and the shore had rocks under it so the rocks could have scraped the bottom the boat. Therefore, it would have taken on water.

    Another reason why I think it plunged to the bottom. Is because of the 35-foot wave. The wave could off hit the back of the boat and make it lunge up and go under the water and break in two.

    My last reason why I think it plunged to the bottom. Is of hitting the bottom very quickly. It disappeared from the radar of the Anderson in a split second. Therefore, it must have plunged to the bottom than ca rather breaking in half or capsizing.
    BY ERIC

    aiden said:
    October 25, 2016 at 10:30 am

    The Edmund Fitzgerald
    The Edmund Fitzgerald was a boat that was made for carrying lots of ore.
    The Edmund Fitzgerald sank in 1975 By plunging to the bottom. The weight of the Edmund Fitzgerald was over 26000p of iron ore and that it had not that much out of water. So if a wave hit it all the ore went to the front and it plunged so fast into the water.
    Another reason it plunged to the bottom is that there was a rogue wave. And that rogue wave was 35F tall from the song. So that would bring it up and down into the water and the wave would be bigger than the boat so the boat would have time to snap in half.
    The last reason it plunged to the bottom is that the Edmund Fitz went down so fast that the Arthur .M .Anderson did not see where the Edmund Fitz went. They checked the radar and there was nothing there on the radar. No matter how it sank. the captain and the crew will always be remembered.

    josh said:
    October 25, 2016 at 10:48 am

    The Edmund Fitzgerald sank by plunging to the bottom.
    The Edmund Fitzgerald got hit by a 35 foot wave so it would of sank to the bottom.
    The Edmund Fitzgerald had 2600 iron ore also had lots of water inside to.
    Also water got on the boat so a wave could push it up on the back of it then the water would go to the front. Then it would go plunging to the bottom.

    So as all my argument lead to it plunging to the bottom.

    matilde said:
    October 25, 2016 at 10:55 am

    The Fitzgerald sank on November 1975 and no one knows how it sank. But I think it sank by plunging to the bottom of the lake. How I know it sank to the bottom is that a 35-foot wave came behind the Edmund Fitzgerald and the iron ore came to the front of the boat and made the Edmund Fitzgerald sink by plunging to the bottom of the lake
    But…the of the lake.Fitzgerald snapped in half how it happened well if it plunged to the bottom of the lake and the front of the boat touched the bottom of the lake and the back of the boat snapped in half but how the back snapped is it couldn’t hold it self so it snapped.
    And that’s how I how the Edmund Fitzgerald sank by plunging to the bottom

    aokeese2010 said:
    October 25, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I think it plunged into bottom
    I know/think the 35 feet waves hitted and and sink from a lot of ores to the front sinked.
    Or it’s
    Just gone to wrong way and it’s hull just breached.
    Or it’s
    Just hitted by fast wave and plunged.

    Onntario said:
    October 25, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Edmund Fitz Gerald sank by plunging to the bottom and it sank in November 1975.
    There where 35ft waves and the 35ft waves come from back of the boat and it start to sank the 35ft waves push the boat and the iron ore went to the front of the boat and it start to sank.
    It was taking in water and the 35ft waves made a hole in the boat and it was taking in water and it added extra weight to the boat making ride lower.
    Broken in two at the bottom it was taking too much water and it start to sank it sank and it broke in half and it was gone.
    Onntario

    purple-08 said:
    October 25, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I think the Edmond Fitz Gerald sank by a big wave coming from behind and sank to the bottom and they didn’t have time to pump the water out and the iron ore was heavie and the iron went to the front of the boat so it sank
    A rock hit the Edmond Fitz Gerald and a bunch of came in to the boat and sank so fast then it got heavier than a wave hit it
    bunch of water came in the Edmond Fitz Gerald then the iron ore made it heavier then it sank fast then it sank

    clair said:
    October 25, 2016 at 11:05 am

    The Edmund Fitzgerald sank in November 1975. There are many theories on how it sank but I believe it plunged to the bottom in one swift motion. One of the reasons I believe this is the size of the waves. The water from all the waves was getting in the boat and they couldn’t get it out. And in the text a 35foot wave came up behind the EF. And possibly pushed the bottom up. Causing the boat to plunge to the bottom and break in half from the pressure of hitting the bottom.
    Another reason I think it plunged to the bottom is. The boat was too heavy from all the water in the boat and the 26 thousand tons of iron ore. And all that weight on the boat would have made the boat ride really low.
    Lastly I think the boat split in two from the size of the boat. At 729feet long the boat was basically a thin stick. That would make it easy to snap in two.
    clair

    Quinton said:
    October 25, 2016 at 11:05 am

    The Edmund Fitzgerald sank in November 1975. There are three main ways I could have sank, but I think it capsized then did a barrel roll under the water then split at the bottom. One reason I think it capsized is that the ship was carrying 26,000 tons of iron ore. Then when the vents on the ship were taking in water, a big wave came, hit the ship, and that made the iron ore move.

    Another reason (that’s linked to the first reason) is that the iron ore moved to one side witch made the ship list to one side. While it was listing to one side, the vents were taking in even more water.

    My last reason is that there was a 35foot wave. While the ship was listing to one side, the 35foot wave could have easily rolled the ship over then make it capsize. After, the ship could have done a barrel roll under the water to make it sink faster.

    In my opinion, the Edmund Fitzgerald sank by capsizing.

    By Quinton

    preston said:
    October 25, 2016 at 11:14 am

    The Edmund Fitzgerald sank in November 1975, There are many theories on how it sank, i believe it plunged to the bottom. One of the rerasions i believe this is the size of the bvoat and it was made of 26,000 tonnes of iron the boat was very heavy. As well, water filled the hull making it even heavier.

    Also thirty-five foot waves hit the boat. Water came in from the hatches. waves filled the boat up so it got heavy. Extra water made the boat heavier.

    Finally, the Edmund Fitzgerald got too heavy and sunk. it broke in two showing it sunk quickly. Everybody on the ship died.

    joseph said:
    October 25, 2016 at 11:19 am

    The Edmund Fitzgerald sank in November 1975. There are many theories on how it sank but I think it capsized.

    I know this because it was listing to one side there was also twenty-six thousand tons of iron ore and the iron ore would go to that side to and made it list even more.

    Another one of my reasons is there was water coming in which slowly made it list more and more.

    My last reason is there was a thirty-five-foot wave coming towards them. I know this because there was a ship called the MS Anderson behind them and they told the Fitzgerald.

    The evidence above shows that the thirty-five-foot wave could have easily flipped the Edmund Fitzgerald over and pushed it to the bottom

    By Joseph Chambers

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