The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – 38 years agoNovember 10th, 2013 at 1:44 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Today is the anniversary of the famous storm that resulted in the sinking of the ore-carrier, Edmund Fitzgerald. This is the 38th anniversary of the wreck just north of Whitefish Point in Lake Superior. Twenty-nine men were lost as the Fitzgerald sank in 530 feet of water. The ship was launched June 8, 1958, and was the largest ship on the Great Lakes until 1971. It was carrying a cargo of 26,116 tons of taconite pellets, which are used in the steelmaking industry. A popular song by Canadian folk-singer Gordon Lightfoot titled “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” reached #2 on the Billboard chart one year later (lyrics). You can hear the song here and see a list of Great Lakes shipwrecks. A service was held on Nov. 10 from 6-8 PM in River Rouge Michigan to pay honor to those lost on the Fitzgerald. A bell tolled 29-times for the 29 men (who ranged in age from 21 to 63) who were lost that night, plus one additional time for all those lost in the Gales of November on the Great Lakes. The service was free and was streamed on the web. Read more here and here. Here’s video of the Edmund Fitzgerald on the floor of Lake Superior. Here’s the Great Lakes Shipwreck File. And here’s audio from that fateful night. Here’s where there are ships on the Great Lakes right now. Approximately 240 ships have sunk in the Whitefish Point area since the first recorded sinking in 1816.