The NWS in Marquette Live Tweeted the SS Edmund Fitzgerald Tragedy

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39 years ago today, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in eastern Lake Superior with the loss of all 29 souls on board. Even to this day, the 1975 sinking remains the Great Lakes region’s most famous and mysterious maritime disaster.

To remember of the tragedy, the National Weather Service office in Marquette, Michigan has been live tweeting the event based on the original NTSB Report of the incident and a re-examination paper released in 2006 by Thomas R. Hultquist from NOAA/ NWS Marquette. A sample of their live feed, in near real-time as it happened 39 years ago, can be found below. And what better way to kick it off than with the Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald”, aka Gales of November, written in remembrance of the event:

At the time of her launch, the 26,000 DWT Edmund Fitzgerald was the largest freighter on the Great Lakes, measuring 729’ long by 75’ wide, and in 1964 became the first carrier to haul more than 1 million tons of iron ore pellets through the SOO locks.

 

The full live tweeting stream can be found on the NWS Marquette feed using #EdmundFitz1975