39th Anniversary of the "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (Video)
It was November 10, 1975 when 29 men lost their lives on Lake Superior, a tragedy made memorable to this day by Gordon Lighfoot's famous ballad, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald".
"And the theories abound. One is that the ship got caught between two waves – one at the bow, one at the stern, leaving the center with no water underneath It whatsoever, so it collapsed from the weight of a full load of iron ore in its hull. Another has the storm generating what has been called “The Three Sisters” .. .three huge waves that hit the ship simultaneously from different directions – that would take down any ship…. And then there’s a rogue wave that hit the Edmund Fitzgerald from the bow – a huge wave, that is … as it hit the ship, the weight of the water forced the entire ship into a steep angle from front to back, and then momentum took over – the stern lifted out of the water, the bow went under the water. The combination of the two forced the entire ship into almost a 90 degree altitude, almost standing on its nose … This may have happened in 300 feet of water, and if this is the case, over 600 feet of the ship was standing almost straight up above the water… that’s as tall as a 60 story building, folks .. and the imbalance of the weight broke it apart.
One more theory: the lids of the holds had not been secured properly, so as the waves hit the ship, the water got into the holds and sunk the ship, plain and simple."
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Rare radio chatter between the Arthur M. Anderson and the Coast Guard November 10th, 1975. The last time anyone ever heard from the Edmund Fitzgerald
There is legend and myth surrounding what actually happened that fateful trip, but the haunting lyrics of Lightfoot's ballad, is all we need to remind us that "Superior never gives up her dead".