36th anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Today, Nov. 10, 2011, is the 36th anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald in a November gale on Lake Superior.

Last year, on the 35th anniversary, I compiled a pretty extensive collection of photos and video related to the wreck. You can view that entry here.

I may try to dig up some more stuff to post later today, but in the meantime I’d suggest you look at last year’s post… and listen to Gordon Lightfoot’s famous song about the wreck, and think about the ship and crew on that stormy night – and all the other ships and crews that have been wrecked on the Great Lakes over the years:

 

Split Rock Lighthouse will host its annual beacon lighting and memorial service for the victims of the Fitzgerald wreck, and all Great Lakes wrecks, this afternoon. More information on the event is here.

3 thoughts on “36th anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

  1. Watching this video sent chills down my spine. I grew up on Lake Superior and can testify as to how big the waves can get during a “nor’easter.” Thanks for posting.

  2. Thanks for posting this. I still recall that night. My wife and I knocked on my friend s door, we were met by his grim faced girlfriend. John’s brother’s boat is missing. We stayed up most of the night waiting for news.

    RIP Mike Armagost and other brave souls that lay on the bottom.

  3. This video is awesome! I so recommend people to watch it,the ending is such a great tribute to the 29 crew members who lost their lifes. “MAY GOD REST THEIR SOULS”

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