|The Edmund Fitzgerald in calmer times. (Photo: Bob Campbell)|
The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
And a wave broke over the railing
And every man knew, as the captain did too,
T'was the witch of November come stealin'.
© 1976 Moose Music, Inc.
It was 40 years ago, November 10, 1975 at approximately 7:20 pm that the iron ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald went down in a fierce fall storm on Lake Superior. While weather played a definite role, the exact details of the sinking of the ship remains a mystery today, it went down quickly and with very little warning, taking 29 lives with her. The sinking was caused in part by a strong November Gale or "November Witch". Oddly enough on this 40th Anniversary, we have a similar but weaker storm heading from Colorado towards the Great Lakes over the next 72 hours. A gale watch is in effect as the system is expected to produce rough waters, strong winds, snow and rain.
|The mangled lifeboat was recovered shortly after the sinking, showing the power of the wind and waves that night. (mghd.org)|
|The chilling image of the Edmund Fitzgerald, resting as a memorial to her 29 man crew in 530 feet of water in Lake Superior. (Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum Photo)|