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.
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.
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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