Icarus was a test pilot (galwithglasses) wrote,
Icarus was a test pilot

S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald

 Today is the 35th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald lost with all hands on November 10, 1975.  She went down in Lake Superior in 535 feet of water, taking with her a crew of 29 and 26,116 long tons of taconite pellets made of processed iron ore.  The shipwreck was memorialized in Gordon Lightfoot's song The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  

The Fitz is among hundreds of ships that have gone down in Lake Superior from the early 1800's.  More about some other famous wrecks can be found at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum where they keep the Fitzgerald's bell as a memorial.

Growing up, I lived within an hour's drive of the Lake Superior shoreline.  I was just a kid in 1975 and can't remember hearing about the Fitz sinking until much later but I do remember the gale and the damage it did to buildings in our area at the time.   

Fair winds and following seas to all those who work on the water.

...for the sea is so wide and our ship is so small
Tags: memorial, water

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