45th Anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Edmund Fitzgerald Ship Painting

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The ship was carrying iron ore to Detroit on November 10, 1975 when a storm hit, sinking it to the bottom of Lake Superior near the twin Sault Ste Marie’s, killing all 29 crewmen.

A church in Detroit commemorated the event via a livestream service.

The memorial service at Mariners’ Church rang its brotherhood bell 29 times for each of the crewmen.

The annual service normally attracts many visitors, but social distancing requirements due to COVID-19 means not as many people can attend in-person.

The ship, which remains 160 metres beneath the surface of Lake Superior, was immortalized in the Gordon Lightfoot ballad, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”


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