Recalling the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Nov 9, 2016

Nov. 10 marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- and thanks to the song by Gordon Lightfoot, it's arguably the most well-known wreck on the Great Lakes.

In 1975 the freighter, loaded with a low grade iron ore called taconite, was headed toward the Detroit area when it hit a vicious storm on Lake Superior. All 29 crew members died.

For more on the wreck, check out the retelling on the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum's website.  The museum in northern Michigan displays a bell retrieved from the wreck.

And if you're near the museum, which is located in Paradise, Mich., stop by for the annual memorial ceremony. The Fitzgerlad's bell is rung 30 times -- one for each lost crew member, and once more for all lost sailors.

As Lightfoot sang: The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call 'gitche gumee'
Superior, they said, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early.