A Gale of November Remembered

Table of Contents

Title Page
The Editor's Notebook
The Great Seaway Blockade II - or - It Didn't Really Happen Again, Did It?
Marine News
A Gale of November Remembered
The Salvage Tug Champlain
Ship of the Month No. 141 Howard L. Shaw
Another Former Laker Located
The Airedale Disaster
Marine Historical Society Of Detroit 1986 Calendar
Additional Marine News
Table of Illustrations

Ten years ago, the unthinkable happened. Our complacency was shattered. Our unquestioning reliance on modern technology was shaken. And once again we were reminded that our beautiful Great Lakes can be overwhelmingly powerful

Ten years ago, a savage storm on Lake Superior claimed the 729-foot steamer EDMUND FITZGERALD and all 29 of her crew.

And for ten years, we have been seeking an explanation of what happened out on Lake Superior in that storm, and why none of the FITZGERALD'S perished crewmen ever came silently ashore.

Yes, it was on Monday, November 10th, 1975, that the EDMUND FITZGERALD, downbound with a cargo of taconite, foundered some thirteen miles off Coppermine Point and fifteen miles off Whitefish Point, just a few miles short of the shelter of Whitefish Bay. She had been just a few miles ahead of the ARTHUR M. ANDERSON all the way down the lake, and both ships had taken a circuitous route, including a diversion behind Caribou Island, in an effort to avoid the full fury of the intense autumn storm.

The FITZGERALD sank very suddenly and, ever since, the authorities and the public alike have sought an explanation for the disaster. The broken hull of the ship has been explored where it lies on the bottom of Lake Superior and much blatantly faulty theory has been advanced concerning the manner in which the FITZGERALD and her crew met their fate. Much more could be said concerning the circumstances of the accident but this is not the time for such matters.

This, rather, is the time to remember the FITZGERALD and her crew, and to hope that no lake vessel will ever again come to such an unfortunate end. It is also a time to call to mind the respect in which we must hold the waters of our lakes.


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