The wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald

by Anonymous on Nov. 10th, 2014

Gales of November: high waves overtake the lighthouse at the end of Canal Park's north pier in Duluth, Minnesota during a late autumn storm on Lake Superior.
Gales of November: high waves overtake the lighthouse at the end of Canal Park's north pier in Duluth, Minnesota during a late autumn storm on Lake Superior.Courtesy Mark Ryan
Thirty-nine years ago, the Great Lakes carrier, SS Edmund Fitzberald sank during a storm on Lake Superior. The ship was making a run from Superior, Wisconsin to a steel mill near Detroit with a full load of taconite ore when all contact with the ship ended suddenly. All 29 crew members were lost. The wreck was found a year later in 530 feet of water 17 miles from Whitefish Bay. The SS Edmund Fitzgerald
The SS Edmund FitzgeraldCourtesy Public domain via Wikipedia Commons
You can read more about the most famous of recent Great Lakes' shipping disasters here or listen to the story in songwriter Gordon Lightfoot's song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The tragedy is memorialized each year in an annual ceremony at the Mariners' Church in Detroit, Michigan, where a bell is tolled 29 times - once for each member of the lost crew.

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Adelia Kindstrand says:

The Split Rock Lighthouse near Beaver Bay, which is no longer in service, is lit annually for just one night to commemorate the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and the 29 lives lost.

posted on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 5:09am

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