Today is the 35th Anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

I thought I would repost my blog on the event:

On November 10, 1975 the Great Lakes bulk cargo vessel SS Edmund Fitzgerald carrying a cargo of taconite pellets (iron-bearing flint-like rock used in steelmaking) sank with the loss of all 29 crewmembers in eastern Lake Superior about 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay, Michigan during a severe storm. The vessel sank quickly without sending a distress signal and the story of this tragedy inspired Gordon Lightfoot to write his most famous song: “[I]Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald[/I]”.

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Thanks for posting this.

Public radio station KUWS in Superior, WI produced an excellent program on the Fitz, which can be downloaded as a podcast:

It is rebroadcast every year on the anniversary.