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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

SS Edmund Fitzgerald

On this day 35 years ago the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in to the waters of Lake Superior off Whitefish Bay. I think we all know the song by Gordon Lightfoot.

November 10, 1975, The Sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald (nicknamed "Mighty Fitz," "The Fitz," or "The Big Fitz") was an American Great Lakes freighter launched on June 8, 1958. Until 1971 she was the largest ship on the Great Lakes. Although she had reported having some difficulties during a gale on Lake Superior, the Fitzgerald sank suddenly on November 10, 1975 in 530 feet (160 m) of water without sending any distress signals. The site of the loss is in Canadian waters approximately 17 miles (15 nmi; 27 km) from the entrance to Whitefish Bay. All 29 hands in the crew perished, presumably by drowning. The incident is the most famous disaster in the history of Great Lakes shipping, and is the subject of Gordon Lightfoot's hit song, "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald." To learn all the history and details of the Edmund Fitzgerald, go see the article by WikiPedia.




1 comment:

Ann said...

I remember the song well I didn't know what date it was that this had happened though