40th Anniversary Of The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

Today – Nov. 10, 2015 – is the 40th anniversary of the wreck of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald in a ferocious storm on Lake Superior. Today’s peaceful sunrise in Duluth was about as far as the weather could get from the conditions four decades ago.

After leaving Superior with a load of taconite, the ship sank on the evening of Nov. 10, 1975, in eastern Lake Superior off Whitefish Point with the loss of all 29 men on board.

The freighter Edmund Fitzgerald is guided by the tug Vermont under the Blatnik Bridge and through the opening in the Interstate Bridge in this undated photo from the 1960s. There are people (construction workers?) up on the Blatnik Bridge, so I’m thinking this may be from before it opened in 1961. The Fitzgerald was launched in 1958. So that would put the photo about 1960. (News-Tribune file photo)
The freighter Edmund Fitzgerald is guided by the tug Vermont under the Blatnik Bridge and through the opening in the Interstate Bridge in this undated photo from the 1960s. There are people (construction workers?) up on the Blatnik Bridge, so I’m thinking this may be from before it opened in 1961. The Fitzgerald was launched in 1958. So that would put the photo about 1960. (News-Tribune file photo)

I posted archive photos and other information about the Fitzgerald in 2010, on the 35th anniversary of the wreck. You can view that post here.

The News Tribune has run several articles in recent days, tied to the anniversary of the wreck. Read them here and here.

The front page of the Nov. 11, 1975 Duluth Herald, reporting news of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
The front page of the Nov. 11, 1975 Duluth Herald, reporting news of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Here’s a video that includes recordings of marine radio traffic in the immediate aftermath of the Fitzgerald going missing:

Here’s a video of Gordon Lightfoot’s famous song about the wreck, including photos and footage of the ship:

And here’s a News Tribune video from 2011, of the annual memorial ceremony held at Split Rock Lighthouse on the North Shore of Minnesota. The ceremony will be held again this afternoon; click here for details:

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A tranquil sunrise over Lake Superior as seen from Canal Park in Duluth on Nov. 10, 2015 – the 40th anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Four freighters were visible on the lake at the time. (Andrew Krueger / akrueger@duluthnews.com)

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