9 thoughts on “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”

  1. I have been to Sault St. Marie. There’s a freighter there that serves as a museum. On it is one of the life boats from the Fitz. There’s also a bridge that goes from the Michigan side up to the Canada side. As you are coming from the Canada side back down to Mich., off to your right is a big white ball which represents where the Fitz went down. To your left you can see the locks. In my estimation it looks like the Fitz didn’t have far to go before it would have been at the locks. It’s as if they could have only held on just a little bit longer they would have made it to the locks. This always brings a few tears to my eyes.

  2. I’d like to visit that museum at Sault Ste. Marie. The Inland Seas Maritime Museum in Vermilion Ohio has a smaller but excellent exhibit dedicated the the Edmund Fitz.

    I grew up and still live about an hour south of Lake Erie. Was still a teen and just becoming aware of the beauty of the Great Lakes when this tragedy happened. Have always been fascinated by the domestic and international shipping within the Lakes.

  3. I’m a native Michigander and grew up hearing stories of the ships lost to Great Lakes. I’ve visited the Lighthouse Museum on Whitefish Point (mentioned in the song) to see the Bell of the Fitz that was recovered. It was a very surreal moment in my life to look out at Superior from the lighthouse and know that within my field of veiw was the site of over 100 shipwrecks. Mother Nature is bitch and Lake Superior is proof that she is not to be taken lightly. Thank you Jonco for posting this.

  4. I Googled the Fitz and found a fascinating account of the life/death of the ship on Wikipedia. I had always thought that the wreck was caused by a rouge wave, but there are multiple explanations given with a lot of finger pointing.

  5. Capt McSorley and fourteen of the crew were from Ohio; 4 lived in my county. Many were young men with young families. They were bound for their home port.
    Other than two heavily damaged lifeboats and some life-rings, nothing of the Fitz ever washed up.
    No one who was alive in the Great Lakes region in 1975 will ever forget that storm, or the headlines in the paper the next day.


  6. I lived in Muskegon Mi in 78 and played this in a jukebox in a bar. The bar went deadly silent and there were a lot of hostile looks my way for even daring to play it (why the hell was it even in the jukebox if it was going to cause a barfight?). The woman I was with said several men from Muskegon were on the ship when it sank and there were a lot of bad feelings still.

    Here I was worried about her husband finding us out together and it turns out the customers in a bar were the ones I needed to worry about.

  7. Always loved this song, for it’s story telling, humanity and soulfulness. Never seen it presented in this way before. For everyone touched by it, they should be thankful to Gordon Lightfoot for a song so beautiful.

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