It's been 40 years since the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, the ore ship that went down in a storm on Lake Superior near Whitefish Bay, Michigan on November 10, 1975. All 29 crew members were lost.
The tragic story of the Edmund Fitzgerald is immortalized in the song by Gordon Lightfoot, which was first recorded in 1976. It is a tribute to the 29 men who lost their lives in that merciless storm, and a remembrance to all the other ships and crews lost on the Great Lakes. It resonates to all of us who face the forces of nature and the storms of life. It is a song for the ages.
You can watch a live performance here.
According to Tom Skilling, the storm that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald 40 years ago had the force of a Category 1 hurricane--- sustained winds of over 80 mph, with freezing rain and 25-30 foot waves.
The winds of November have taken many ships and lives on the Great Lakes. Here are some of them, courtesy of NOAA--
The Great Lakes Hurricane:--November 7-10, 1913---At least 258 lives lost, 12 ships sank, 30 others crippled
Armistice Day Storm: November 11, 1940--three large freighters and two smaller boats sank
Sinking of the Carl D. Bradley: November 18, 1958--33 lost, two survivors
Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell: November 29, 1966-- 28 lost, one survivor
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald: November 10, 1975---all hands lost
The winds of November have also meant fast-moving storms and late season tornadoes in the Chicago area.
On November 12th, 1965, a tornado leveled portions of Will County, from Channahon to Tinley park.
November 17th will mark two years since the Washington, Il tornado. You can read more about it here.
And once again, a major storm is predicted to develop over the western Great Lakes on Wednesday night, bringing rain, thunderstorms, and howling November winds...
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