38th anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Nov 10, 2013

Each year I write a few more words about the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank on November 10, 1975. Some notes this year are pulled from my Twitter stream.

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Headline: Ludington Daily News, Tuesday, November 11, 1975 via Google News. “Fear all 29 seamen lost / Huge ore carrier is missing on Superior”.

From the Downriver News-Herald, Michigan, news of a memorial service in River Rouge:

A shipwreck that has held the public’s fascination for nearly 40 years will be remembered once again at a memorial service from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Belanger Park (in River Rouge, Michigan).

The worst maritime disaster on the Great Lakes was the wreck of the SS Milwaukee, a train ferry that sank in 1929 in Lake Michigan off Milwaukee with the loss of all 52 men on board.

The Toronto based trio called the Sin-Tones have a 1:51 version of Gordon Lightfoot’s Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald ballad, done surf-rock style.

Former Milwaukee Brewers executive Edmund Bacon Fitzgerald, known as “Younger Ed” to distinguish him from his father, died in September 2013 at the age of 87. Fitzgerald helped bring baseball back to Milwaukee in 1970 after the departure of the Braves; the ship was named after his father, an executive with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance. The Chicago Tribune writes:

On the 30th anniversary of the wreck in 2005, he recalled meeting Lightfoot at a dinner hosted by the Canadian prime minister in the 1980s. “I told him what my name was, and he looked rather surprised,” Fitzgerald said of the Canadian singer-songwriter. Fitzgerald called Lightfoot’s homage to the ship a “fine song.”

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