10 November 2011

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

SS Edmund Fitzgerald underway via

On November 10th, 1975, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald and crew of 29 men shipwrecked in a early winter storm with hurricane-force winds on Lake Superior. 

Growing up in Michigan, I remember hearing about the shipwreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald when I was in elementary school. After my teacher explained to the class what happened to the ship and crew, she played a scratchy record with the song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Canadian songwriter Gordon Lightfoot

When I was in 7th grade my dad and stepmom took me and my siblings on a tour of the Upper Peninsula, and we stopped at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Bay near Paradise, MI. Even now I remember how sacred the remains of the ship seemed to me.

This video is a tribute to the tragedy.

Even though it happened before I was born, I still get teary-eyed when I hear the song.

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