Dale Nelmark mostly sticks to welding jokes these days, long retired from his career in metallurgy on Great Lakes freighters. The only thing he can’t weld is a “broken heart” or the “crack of dawn” he says, laughing.
But before he was joking about working with metal, he was repairing it on some of the most famous vessels to cross the Great Lakes. And that includes one of the region’s most famous freighters of them all: the Edmund Fitzgerald.
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Source: Metro Detroit man who worked on the Edmund Fitzgerald recalls day it sank