Wednesday, 10 November 2010

edmund fitzgerald

edmund fitzgerald

35 years ago the Edmund Fitzgerald ship was taken down by a fierce storm on lake Superior and the mystery to this day still lives on. The ship's sinking was the inspiration behind the song from 1976 called "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald", written by Gordon Lightfoot, and it was also the source of a documentary made about it.

The sinking of the ore freighter claimed 29 lives on Nov. 10, 1975, in what is considered the worst disaster in Great Lakes maritime history. It is being marked Wednesday with a memorial service in Whitefish Point, Mich. But despite an investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard, the mystery of exactly why she went down in that fierce storm has never been solved. The coast guard once blamed the crew, saying they failed to fasten the hatches properly. Members of the maritime community have said that isn't likely in light of the dangerous weather on the lake that night.

So the tragic event is sure to be a stark warning to ship inhabitants around the great lakes region for a long time to come.

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