Thursday, November 10, 2011

"We're holding our own."

The ore freighter Edmund Fitzgerald went to the bottom of Lake Superior on November 10, 1975 after encountering a fierce winter storm. When she sank, the ship took all 29 of her crew with her - leading to a major search and rescue operation by the United States Coast Guard. The wreck was found four days later by U.S. Navy aircraft; it was less than 20 miles away from the safety of Whitefish Bay.

Canadian folk singer Gordon Lightfoot released "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" a year after the sinking. Although some of the details are incorrect (he has since fixed them in live performances), it nevertheless immortalizes this grand old freighter and has made her one of the most famous shipwrecks in North American history. Not to mention it's a personal favorite of mine.

1 comment:

  1. Very touching tribute, Zach. Thank you for sharing it.