“The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they called ‘gitche gumee’
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy”
November 10th marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975.
It was 42 years ago today that the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sand in eastern Lake Superior, about 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay, Michigan. All hands were lost. At the time the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald was considered the largest and fastest Great Lakes ship. Loaded down with a cargo of taconite pellets (iron ore), the freighter was no match for wave heights near 26 feet and winds gusting to 85 mph.
Twenty nine men were lost that day.
The low pressure that tracked across Lake Superior that day was on par with a category 1 hurricane with winds just as strong.
In 1976 Folk Artist Gordon Lightfoot memorialized the event in song. Check it out here.
Meteorologist Mike Morrison