Today marks the 37th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, the Great Lakes freighter that sank in a strong gale on eastern Lake Superior resulting in the loss of all 29 of its crew.  Today, the November 10, 1975 sinking remains the Great Lakes regions most famous and mysterious maritime disaster.  To learn more about her story, just listen above to the lyrics in Gordon Lightfoot’s famous song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Do any Great Lakes guys remember her sinking?  We’d like to hear your stories in the comments section below.

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  • RM

    I remember the Fitz well….
    We worked for the company and we had just laid up a few weeks before for the winter.
    My hearts still go out the the families and friends of the Big Fitz, but moreso for the crew who gave their lives for the sea.
    Always remembered

  • http://Google Steve

    I was ahead of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior on a Hannah Mining ship. We left Duluth and it was getting rough early in the morning. The captain decided to head up to the north of Lake Superior and hide behind the islands if things got really nasty. I have never seen a ship bend like that one did in the high short swells and seas. As it was we made White Fish Bay and through the Sault Ste. Marie locks and anchored below the locks as the USCG closed all movement on the locks and the rivers. The next morning we heard about the sinking and being a close knit group on the Great Lakes we knew many of the crewmembers.

    One thing that is never mentioned by the USCG or any of the other interested parties is that she broke right where she was stretched the previous summer. No one brings that up. Sure she could have lost a hatch or two but the pictures of the ship on the bottom show where she broke.

  • Radm Tim Sullivan, USCG (ret)

    I was an Ensign on the USCG cutter MESQUITE, one of many cutters who tried to respond that day.We were well south on Lake Michigan when we got ordered to turn about & respond, knowing full well that we would never get there in time. I sailed on & off for the next 35 years after that & never saw seas the world over that compared to that tragic day “when the gale of November came early”. May the crew of the EDMUND FITZGERALD RIP.

  • Lauren (Whitey) White

    I am the ninety two year old welding foreman that was in charge of the welding when the Fitz was built at the Great Lakes Engineer Works in River Rouge. I started my career as a shipbuilder in Duluth Mn at the start of WWII as a welding Instructor at Walter Butler yard. After the war I was foreman at Fraser Nelson in Superior. I 1950 I was employed by GLEW, I watched the construction of the Fitz from keel laying to delivery. I also think the real cause of her loss has not been diclosed and probably never will be.

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