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“The Lady of the Lake.” This Is What the Gales of November Look Like on Lake Erie


“There have been moments on Lake Erie where I have lowered my camera,looked over it & literally out loud said to myself “What. The. Hell… Did I just see” and my jaw drops.. This was one of those moments” — Photographer Dave Sandford.

. . . And, this is the weather that took down the 729-foot iron ore carrier the Edmund Fitzgerald on nearby Lake Superior over 40 years ago this fall.

London photographer Dave Sandford wanted to see the gales of November on the Great Lakes for himself, so he set out for Canada this past fall to capture some of the most treacherous conditions Lake Erie could produce. The results are enough to evoke terror and humility in any waterperson, salty or sweet.

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A WWII German Submarine Believed to Have Been Piloted by Axis Exiles Just Washed Ashore in Argentina, 70 Years Later


Photo via World News Daily Report.

A mini German U-boat has been hidden beneath the seas off Argentina for roughly 70 years, but is reported to be in remarkable shape after a group of Norwegian tourists discovered the remains of the vessel during a two-week-long bike trek through the country.

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40 Years Ago Today, The Edmund Fitzgerald Sank with 29 Crew Aboard “When the Gales of November Came Early”


Photo: AP/News Tribune files.

The Edmund Fitzgerald, a 729-foot iron ore carrier broke up and sank with all 29 crew aboard in 80 mph winds and 25 foot seas approximately 17 miles off Whitefish Point, Michigan in Lake Superior forty years ago today.

Watch an early news report on the tragedy followed by Gordon Lightfoot’s 1976 ballad, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” which he wrote two weeks later after he felt that the ship and her crew had been dishonored by an NPR piece which misprinted the the vessel’s name:

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More (Mis)Adventures in #Vanlife: No More Bananas Permitted Aboard Raw Paua.

Scuttlefish writer Owen James Burke is currently rambling around New Zealand in a camper van with a camera, surfboard and speargun in search of stories, waves and fish. We’re putting together a waterperson’s guide to the island nation, but meanwhile, we’ll be publishing stories and photographs, short updates along the way from the Yankee in Kiwiland. -CD


Photo: Owen James Burke.

The first time I was old enough to begin my quasi-annual fly fishing trips with my Uncle Thom, I pulled a banana from my boat bag about an hour into our day’s outing. Within what felt like the blink of an eye, the once-bitten banana was out of my hand and drifting downstream past the boat.

I wish I could have seen the confusion smeared across face. I have no doubt that my uncle got a kick out of it.

He later brought to my attention the old angler’s adage: never take bananas aboard a boat. Why?


. . . Here’s why. Photo: Owen James Burke.

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“This Is My Wilson”: A Canadian Man Survived Rapids and Whirlpools Clinging to a Crab Float and Jerry Cans for Hours off Vancouver Island

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Photo: CTV News.

“Kevin Strain is having difficulty deciding where he’ll hang the crab float he credits with saving his life,” the Vancouver Sun reports after Kevin Strain, who was not wearing a life jacket, remained alive and afloat for more than two hours thanks to a pair of 20-liter (6.6 gallon) fuel cans and a crab float to which he clung after the fishing vessel he was aboard struck a rock.

“This is my Wilson,” he told the Sun.

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Semper Paratus: Watch The USCG Coordinate the Rescue of 36 Fishermen from a Burning Vessel. . .Over 2,000 Miles Southwest of Hawaii


Credit: USCG. Video below.

The United States Coast Guard’s 14th District in Hawaii is responsible for a 12.2 million square mile swathe of land and sea (that’s almost twice the size of Russia). When the 70 meter (230-foot) fishing vessel Glory Pacific No. 8 activated their EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), it was the USCG’s responsibility to organize the rescue of the Papua New Guinea-flagged ship, which had caught fire 2,071 miles southwest of Hawaii.

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“The World’s Most Valuable Biscuit”: A Stale Old Cracker from the RMS Titanic Just Sold in Auction for $23,000


Photo: Henry Aldridge & Son.

James Fenwick, a passenger on the SS Carpathia, which came to the Titanic‘s aid, slipped the 103-year-old biscuit into a Kodak photographic envelope with a note: “Pilot biscuit from Titanic lifeboat April 1912.”

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This Was The Titanic‘s Last Lunch Menu, and It Just Sold for $88,000

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This 103-year-old piece of paper, dated April 14, 1912 does not show the standard fare for the ship, but the first class dining menu on the ship’s fateful day. Photo credit: Lion Heart Autographs.

The menu belonged to a wealthy passenger by the name of Abraham Lincoln Salomon, who managed to find a place aboard the roomy, lucky first life raft, dubbed the money boat–it could have held 40, but was deployed with only 12 passengers. Story has it that the wealthy passengers persuaded the crew, perhaps with a bribe, to row away from the sinking Titanic before others could get aboard.

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