Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The lake it is said never gives up her dead, When the skies of November turn gloomy...

Tomorrow will mark the 35-year anniversary of the mysterious sinking of one of the largest ships to ever sail the Great Lakes. On November 10, 1975, the 729-foot behemoth ore ship the Edmund Fitzgerald sank on Lake Superior without putting out a distress call. All 29 hands on board were lost, presumably drowned.

The event is memorialized in Gordon Lightfoot's hit "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

Apparently, riding Lake Superior ain't no joke:

Lake Superior's water is so cold year round that people who fall off boats and ships often die before rescuers can reach them, even in midsummer, Jacobs said, so storms are not to be trifled with.

"Navigation on the lakes is a real different animal," she said. "We have captains that come up from the oceans and say they would rather be on the Atlantic than deal with the storms here. They're talking about storms in the North Atlantic, and ours up here are worse.

1 comment:

Mike Reino said...

One of my favorite songs as a little kid. Also, I can attest that, after spending three winters on campus at the Lake Ontario waterfront, that the Great Lakes are serious.. Can't even swim in it after Labor Day.