The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – 38 years ago

November 10th, 2013 at 1:44 am by 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.

5 Responses to “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – 38 years ago”

  1. Linda ((Rockford)) says:

    I was in Paradise the night the Edmund Fitz sank. I will never forget that. May they, and all lost sailors, rest in peace.

  2. Marti B (SE Grand Rapids) says:

    My daughter was born in 1975 and every year around her birthday time, I remember the Edmund Fitzgerald. I remember it all, the storm and the sinking of that ship. Amazing that it has been 38 years (age of my daughter). (((heart/love)))

  3. I used to watch the Edmund Fitzgerald sail down the Detroit River. I was stunned and deeply saddened when she sank. I have also been to Mariner’s church for their annual salute to the men lost on the Fitz and in all Great Lakes shipwrecks. the lighthouse museum at Whitefish Point has a great tribute to the Fitz as well.

  4. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    I was only 15 at the time. My step-father seen the Edmund Fitzgerald about a week before the ship sank. I talked to a man from the Canada who was part of the search team. He said they found couple of items from the ship that came to shore on their side. He said they knew it was bad when so little wash ashore. May the crew R.I.P.

  5. Paul says:

    This weekend is also the 100th anniversary of the “Freshwater Fury”, the most significant and deadly Great Lakes storm.

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