Did you know that TODAY is the anniversary of the wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald?
The American Great Lakes freighter sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975, just 17 miles from Whitefish Bay. The entire crew of 29 was lost. however none of their bodies were recovered. At the time of the sinking, the ship was the largest freighter on the Great Lakes and she remains the largest ship to have sunk there.
Interestingly, the exact cause of the sinking remains unknown to this day. The last communication from the ship came at approximately 7:10 p.m., when the Fitzgerald reported, “We are holding our own.” She sank minutes later. No distress signal was received.
The sinking led to changes in Great Lakes shipping regulations and practices that included mandatory survival suits, depth finders, positioning systems, increased freeboard and more frequent inspection of vessels.
Of course, the shipwreck is probably most famous for the song it produced. Gordon Lightfoot wrote ‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’ in 1976 after reading an article in Newsweek. This is definitely one of the most Canadian songs ever written and chronicles an important historical event in our country.