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Hello all!

Just thought I'd share some WIP photos and a little backstory on one of my new SIB projects. This time around, I've decided to model the ill-fated S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, a Great Lakes ore carrier that was lost with all 29 hands on November 10th, 1975, during a storm on Lake Superior, and subsequently made famous by the folk-singer Gordon Lightfoot and the song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald". To this day, the exact cause of the sinking of "The Mighty Fitz" as she was known, is unknown, and the wreck of the Fitzgerald lies in two pieces 15 miles west from Deadman's Cove, Ontario, Canada.

As for the model, it's still in early stages, but I'm hoping to get it completed and bottled in the coming weeks.


Brendan O.

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I agree, the song is a bit sad, but then again the whole incident is sad, the Edmund Fitzgerald wasn't that far away from making sheltered water and getting out of the storm, and she took her entire crew with her to the bottom when she went. It's also very mysterious in my mind, as whatever happened to make her go down, one minute the Fitz was steaming along fighting the storm, and the next she was gone. It happened so quick that the crew didn't have time to radio in a mayday call or try to abandon ship, and to this day nobody knows the exact cause.

Well, as a bit of an update for everyone, I've finished putting on all the details and rigging the Fitz, now I'm getting to work painting her and putting on the final touches such as some smoke to come curling up from her squat funnel, and a flag to be flapping in the breeze from her stern-jack, then it'll be time to put a "sea" and a wake inside the bottle and bottle her all up once it's all dry.



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Thanks for the comments, everyone, glad you all like it.


Well, the Fitz is finally completed and inside the bottle, and I'm rather happy with how it all went, everything went into the bottle nice and smooth, and the paint job makes her look nice and smart. Nice to have one that goes easy for a change, y'know? As for what's next, I think I'm going to be making an SIB of the R.M.S. Carpathia, as that would round off the selection of ships I've made concerning the Titanic and I'm also kicking around the idea of doing another liner, sort of wanting it to be something a little different from the usual, sort of leaning towards the Orient Line's S.S. Orion, as her interiors were done by a chap named Brian O'Rourke (wonder if he's any relation?).

Anyway, without further ado, here's some photos of the finished Edmund Fitzgerald, let me know what you think.



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