On 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.