The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

Edmund FitzgeraldNovember, in northern Michigan, brings to mind many things, Opening Day of Firearm Season, the first snow fall, and, of course, The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald. Although the Great Lakes have taken many great ships and lives, the Edmund Fitzgerald was immortalized by singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. Not too many dry eyes are present, even when a cover band plays the song in local taverns. The anniversary of this famous sinking is November 10, when the “gales of November came early.”

We have shared this before, but check out this amazing video of Gordon Lightfoot’s Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald:

Learn more about the Edmund Fitzgerald and other Michigan Shipwrecks:

A memorial service for the men lost on the Edmund Fitzgerald will be held on November 10 at Dr. Henri Belanger Park in River Rouge, Mi. The service will be held near the Mariners Memorial Lighthouse beginning at 6:00 p.m. The tug boat will be on hand to take out a wreath to be placed on the river. The service will feature a plaque presentation, bell ringing, lantern lighting, and refreshments will be served. For more information call Roscoe Clark at 810-519-2148 or Dolores Swekel 313-842-7822.

Photo courtesy of The Official web site for the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald Special Programs



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  1. Charlie Frederick
    Charlie Frederick says:

    The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald will remain a vivid memory for me as I lived in Duluth at the time of the tragedy. I wrote the very first song about the event just days after the sinking. My song entitled “Twenty-Nine More Men” recounts the Fitz saga but also references the great losses of life from other Great Lakes storms as well. The lyrics for my song can be founded in a book written by author Elle-Andra Warner from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

  2. Service
    Service says:

    S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald 38 Year Anniversary
    November 10, 2013
    RIVER ROUGE — A memorial service is planned for Sunday November 10, 2013 to remember the 29 men who died when the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975.
    The ceremony is set for 6 to 8 p.m. and the heated tent open at 4:30 p.m. for viewing Edmund Fitzgerald artifacts, near the Mariners Memorial Lighthouse at Belanger Park, off Belanger Park Drive and Marion.
    The event is held in River Rouge because that’s the city where the vessel was built in 1957 and ’58.
    Several speakers will give their memories of the ship, including people who helped construct it and relatives of some of the deceased crewmen.
    Artifacts, photographs and videos also will be on display and you can talk to the Fitz Ship Builders, past Crew Members and Fitz Family Members.
    At 7:10 p.m. — the time the ship sank — a wreath will be tossed into the Detroit River. A bell will be rung 29 times in memory of each person who died.
    A plaque presentation and lantern lighting is planned. Food and Refreshments will be provided free of charge.
    Event organizer Roscoe Clark has a Web site devoted to the vessel, which contains several video clips and photos of the ship.
    Earlier in the day, an Edmund Fitzgerald open house will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at the River Rouge Historical Museum, 10750 W. Jefferson Ave.
    This year, the service will be web cast free of charge for those viewers all across the US and Canada.


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