44 Years Since the Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

44 years ago Sunday, the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior.

The ship went down more than 500 feet, north-west of Sault Ste. Marie.

The Fitzgerald left Superior, Wisconsin with a shipment of iron ore pellets.

It was on its way for a steel mill in Detroit, but along the way it got caught in a storm with hurricane-like winds.

The Fitzgerald sank 17 miles away from White Fish Bay.

All 29 crew members on-board died.

No bodies were ever recovered from the wreckage.

“The Edmund Fitzgerald was base out of Cleveland, it was owned by north western mutual life out of Milwaukee and carried a crew that was all over the lakes. It was on its way from Superior, Wisconsin, on the Rouge River, to deliver taconite gear. It was the last run of the season. It was Captain McSaurley’s very last run, he was retiring when it was over, adding to the tragedy of the loss of the Fitzgerald.”

The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald has become one of the most well-known ship tragedies in American history.

It was commemorated in Gordon light foot’s 1976 song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”.