The Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial service continued after Rev. Pointer's invocation with comments by Tom Farnquist. This was followed by remarks by MaryMahsem-Seymour. Mary is the daughter of Joseph Mahsem who was a porter on the SS Daniel J. Morrel. The Morrell was shipwrecked on Nov. 29, 1966 in Lake Huron. Mary reflected on the life of a sailor and how meaningful this memorial service was for her as well.
Tom Farnquist then gave us some background on the Fitzgerald and mentioned "there is growing evidence that there was a problem with the ship" as the reason for the shipwreck. Do any of you readers have more information on this?
The Us Coast Guard commander from Sector Sault was scheduled to speak but had to be replaced at the last minute by a deputy commander. Commander Padle (I think that was his name) read the names and position of each of the 29 sailors from the Fitzgerald. After each name was read a person came forward to ring the ship's bell in their honor. This video will show you a short clip from the bell ringing ceremony.
The bell was rung a 30th time in honor of all sailors lost of the Great Lakes. This time Mary Mahsem-Seymour rang the bell for her father and others.
This was an impressive and solemn ceremony. The numbers of sailors lost over the past couple of hundred years is unbelievable.
Carl Behrend then sang 'Amazing Grace' during which the audience spontaneously joined in for the final verse.
The Benediction by given by Bucko Teeple, a Native American spiritual leader. Bucko prayed eloquently combining Native & Christian traditions.