Looking Back on One of the Most Notorious Shipwrecks in Great Lakes History

Nov 10, 2014

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald - one of the most notorious shipwrecks in Great Lakes history. 

On November 10, 1975, the Edmund Fitzgerald departed from Superior, Wisconsin and sank on Lake Superior during a fierce storm. All 29 sailors aboard were killed.

"What made the story so shocking was that the ship was equipped with everything they could want," Kenosha author Michael Schumacher said in a 2012 Lake Effect interview. "The best communications, everything about this [ship] was first rate and modern."

Schumacher wrote a book on the history of the Edmund Fitzgerald and the storm that doomed it. Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald examines many of the theories behind what eventually caused the mammoth vessel to go down.

The National Weather Service office in Marquette, Michigan is honoring the anniversary on its Twitter feed through the day. Follow the hashtag #EdmundFitz1975.

Not familiar with the shipwreck? This song tells the story:

And, what the search for the Edmund Fitzgerald was like: