10 November 2010

10 November 1975

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Photo from Kalamazoo Gazette

It was a Monday and I was nearing the end of Fall Quarter of my senior year in college. And I remember that news broadcast. Nature's wrath is a fearsome thing. I've always thought Gordon Lightfoot's song was a hauntingly beautiful tribute to the 29 men who lost their lives that day.

On this 35th anniversary of the tragedy, I think about the men who died and the families they left behind. No one knows exactly what happened that caused the ship to be lost. It lies deep in the Canadian waters of Lake Superior. If you'd like to read more about the ship and the wreck, click here.

Where were you during the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald?
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Ces said...

I was a freshman in college in the Philippines but I don't remember hearing about it. However, my husband told me about it just last year as we listened to Gordon Lightfoot's songs which is now in my iTunes and iPod. I think it is such a sad story. I am so glad we continue our remembrance. Last night before I went to bed, I saw your post on reader and I reminded my husband. Thank you, Becky. Have a good day.

Motherkitty said...

Every year, I take a moment to remember the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, the crew that lost their lives, and the families they left behind. I light a candle, offer a prayer, and --- of course --- listen to Gordon Lightfoot's beautiful tribute to that ship. My 16 year old daughter is familiar with the story behind the song. She told me that none of her friends know about the ship. I told her it was up to her to educate them. I know that she will. Thank you for paying tribute by writing about that amazing ship and her crew.

Craig Miyamoto said...

I'd already graduated graduate school and was into my third year as deputy public relations director at the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. The story made me sad. The song made me sadder.