The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead…

39 years ago today, the Edmund Fitzgerald wrecked on Lake Superior.

If the Great Lakes live in your soul, today’s date probably casts a long, long shadow – and the NWS station in Marquette, Michigan is tweeting the final voyage of the last great Great Lakes shipwreck today.

And of course, here is Gordon Lightfoot’s (slightly inaccurate) musical tribute to the last voyage of the flagship of the US Steel fleet.

If you’re interested in the history of Great Lakes iron shipping, the William A. Irvin museum in Duluth (among other museums dotting the shores of the Lakes) is a great place to learn about it.

“We are holding our own.” – last transmitted words of Captain Ernest McSorley, last skipper of SS Edmund Fitzgerald, 7:10 PM CST (10 minutes before the sinking).

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