Loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald, November 10, 1975

Forty-six years today, the Edmund Fitzgerald sank to the bottom of Lake Superior, carrying 29 men to their deaths on Nov. 10, 1975.

Image of the Edmund Fitzgerald shipwreck taken during a dive in 1995 to recover the ship’s bell.


TWO HARBORS, MN — On Wednesday, Split Rock Lighthouse will hold its annual ceremony remembering the lives lost when the Edmund Fitzgerald freighter sank into Lake Superior 46 years ago.

A total of 29 crew members were lost on Nov. 10, 1975.

Wednesday’s commemoration will include the lighting of the 1,000-watt beacon, reading of the names of the crew members lost, and a chance to reflect on all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks. . .

The legend of the Edmund Fitzgerald remains the most mysterious and controversial of all shipwreck tales heard around the Great Lakes. Her story is surpassed in books, film and media only by that of the Titanic. Canadian folksinger Gordon Lightfoot inspired popular interest in this vessel with his 1976 ballad, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

The Edmund Fitzgerald was lost with her entire crew of 29 men on Lake Superior November 10, 1975, 17 miles north-northwest of Whitefish Point, Michigan. Whitefish Point is the site of the Whitefish Point Light Station and Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS) has conducted three underwater expeditions to the wreck, 1989, 1994, and 1995.

At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald’s 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society on July 4, 1995. This expedition was conducted jointly with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now on display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum as a memorial to her lost crew.


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1 Response to Loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald, November 10, 1975

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    I really love Gordon Lightfoot and loved this song when it came out. I didn’t realize until years later that the ship had not sunk until 1975. I thought he was singing about something that had happened many many years ago.

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