Why Did the Edmund Fitzgerald Run Into a Deadly Storm?

The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, one of the newest and most modern ships plying the Great Lakes carrying iron ore to the automobile manufacturing giants on its southern shore, was a tragedy that took the lives of 29 seamen and a seasoned captain. Controversy immediately sprang up bringing to the fore that maintenance had been neglected on both a gash in the hull and the fasteners that were designed to keep water out of the hold, but they hadn’t mattered until the fury of a winter storm beat against her damaged frame. The two other factors that were discussed were the tonnage she was carrying, and the perception that the winter storm had come early as Gordon Lightfoot wrote in his song.

But if it was late in the season, how late was it? The answer is readily available by comparing the current Gregorian calendar with the one the “Sea People” used for a thousand years before Rome defeated Carthage in their trade wars. Let’s take a quick look at the Sea People and their trade secrets that demanded death for anyone who revealed even the slightest one of them.

First, the Sea People are openly known to modern researchers. Their king was always called “Hiram” and it was one of them that was friends with King David circa 1000 BCE, and who joined efforts with Solomon when he became king. Israel, being descended from Shem, used the calendar handed down from Noah, while Hiram used the moon-based calendar designed and imposed by Queen Semiramis, widow of Ninus and guardian for his infant son, Ninius. When she imposed it on her kingdom, the sun and moon were synchronized at 30 days each month. It was only much later that the moon slowed down. That means that the only difference between the two in the beginning was the names of the months and days. The mathematics was the same. Once Semiramis died and Ninius became king, he shut himself up in his palace and took no more interest in external affairs, even when earth changes added days to the calendar and the moon changed her times, allowing the two calendars to fall out of synchronization.

Abraham, who lived in the days of Semiramis and fought in his early career against her forces, was trained in astronomy under Shem to be the King of the World when Shem died, but passed away 35 years before Shem, opening the way for Isaac and then Jacob to inherit this title that had become an empty gesture due to wars among Noah’s grandchildren. The final result is that those who followed in the footsteps of Abraham had a calendar that was accurate to the actual length of days in earth’s year, is accurate to this day, and has been calculated to be less than one full day off in 10,000 years. The reason is this.

Earth’s orbit is elastic, depending on the positioning of Jupiter and Saturn in relation to the side of the sun they are on. Further, the sun itself is actually tracing a spiral through space with the planets being dragged along slightly behind it due to its location in the far outer arm of the Andromeda galaxy that is currently passing through the Milky Way, headed straight for the black hole in the center of the Milky Way and certain destruction, which is another topic for another day. The final summary is that earth’s orbit can vary from 360 days in a year, it’s roundest orbit, to 381 days every 50 years, with days being added and taken away from the calendar during this yo-yo’ing from round to elliptical.

How many actual days were in the year in 1973 when the Fitzgerald sank will tell us whether winter actually came early, or whether it was too late to sail safely. Remember, the Gregorian calendar was designed to track the AVERAGE number of days in  the year, never taking into consideration the elasticity. For the comparison chart for 1900 to 2007 click here.

If the date pin-pointed the same day in earth’s orbit, they would each have the same number as the name of the day. The Gregorian number is 10. The Jubilee number is 26. They each identify a point in earth’s orbital days that are 16 day apart, 16 days further into Winter than the Gregorian calendar indicates. It was far too late in the season to send the Fitzgerald onto the water on that trip.

The winter storm that sank the Fitzgerald was on time. The calendar by which the Fitzgerald was sent out was 16 days tardy in identifying the cut-off date for safe sailing.

Our sea-faring experts would be wise to keep a working model of the Qumran Jubilee calendar in their desk drawer to check on what actual date of the changes in the seasons will occur in order to protect the lives of the seamen and value of the cargo.