The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald


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The Edmund Fitzgerald {wiki} was a lake freighter that sank on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. Gordon Lightfoot immortalized the incident in a song in 1976. Joseph Fulton made this video remix of the song in tribute to those who died on the Edmund Fitzgerald 32 years ago today. ~via Viral Video Chart

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My wife's g-g-g-grandfather was a mid-to-late 19th century Great Lakes ship captain. There are writeups of him in shipping directories of that era and he was relatively "famous" within the industry, so it's not too hard finding information about him. We researched the many ships he captained over his long career and the majority of them eventually sunk (fortunately only 2 whilst he was captain) -- He managed to get "lucky" but being wrecked at some point was par for the course.

Most people don't realize how treacherous the Great Lakes (essentially inland seas) are, and it was pretty routine for the ships to go down in that era. If the Lakes weren't so cold, deep, and dark, it would be a wreck diver's paradise today. The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald proved that even with fairly modern meterology and radios, a stormy Great Lake is a dangerous place to be. The weather forecasting is a little better today and there are GPSs, but it's still not someplace you want to be in a bad storm even on a large ship.
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Never heard the song before?!? Your musical education is sorely lacking. I remember first hearing it in the late 70s on Casey Kasem's Top 40 countdown. He explained the story behind it and then played the song.
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