The Edmund Fitzgerald | 40 Years Ago

In memory of The SS Edmund Fitzgerald and her crew who sank 40 years ago today in Lake Superior “when the gales of November came early”.  All 29 crew members died and it’s still unknown exactly why the “Fitz” went down.

This is a photo of a similar vessel, the SS Wilfred Sykes that I took entering the Grand River in Michigan in 2014.  The Sykes loaded opposite the Fitz on November 9th, 1975 and left 2 hours later. Captain Dudley J. Paquette anticipated the storm's path and avoided the worst of it.  The Edmund Fitzgerald wasn't so fortunate.

It’s great to still see these huge Lakers continuing to work out on the Great Lakes!