Remembering The Edmund Fitzgerald

Remembering The Edmund FitzgeraldOn November 10, 1975, the tanker, Edmund Fitzgerald was plowing through Lake Superior, heading toward Detroit. A violent storm came sweeping in and caught the ship in it’s fury. The Edmund Fitzgerald broke in two and sank, taking her 29 crew members with her. At the time it was considered the worst maritime disaster in record.

Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The wreck was memorialized by Canadian singer/song writer, Gordon Lightfoot. In spite of the song having a few historical inaccuracies, the song remained one of his more popular. Funny…call me sentimental, but I still have the original 45rpm vinyl disc. I remember at the time, the lyrics and melody were slightly haunting. It seems the song has kept interest alive to this day.

Tragedy in any form is not to be taken lightly. Yet, we press on…remembering.

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3 thoughts on “Remembering The Edmund Fitzgerald

  1. Dan says:

    I remember listening to that song all those years ago and wanting to know more about the tragedy. There was a documentary on TV a few years ago and the crew filmed the wreck, it was remarkably preserved due to the cold water and the depth it rests.

    Once one hears that song, it is never forgotten. Had it not been for Lightfoot’s work, most would probably never have heard of the FITZGERALD.

  2. Here in Michigan we have a museum devoted to Great Lakes shipwrecks, up near Whitefish Point in the UP, and I know the Edmund is the main feature there.

    Those weird November winds will get you every time…

  3. Jim says:

    Look on youtube for a different kind of version of the song. I know the artist, and his intent was not to be disrespectful. Type “Musicmaker1001” into search.

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