40 years ago, on November 10, 1975, the cargo ship Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a storm in Lake Superior near Whitefish Point off the coast of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. There are several theories as to what may have caused the ship to sink in a flash, but the actual reason will likely never be known. The remains of the 29 crew members were never recovered.
gordon lightfoot, “the wreck of the edmund fitzgerald”
the lake, it is said, never gives up her dead when the skies of november turn gloomy with a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more than the edmund fitzgerald weighed empty. that good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed when the gales of november came early.