Even to this day, Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot is still one of the greatest songs to listen to out on the sea.
It’s been 35 years since the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior, 29 lives were lost in the disaster, no bodies were recovered. When the wreck was found, it was discovered that the Fitzgerald had broken in two. Many say the cause was the strong gale that day, however the ship was having some difficulties before the accident.
The Edmund Fitzgerald will always be remembered by Michiganders, not just because it’s the most famous disaster in the history of Great Lakes shipping, but because it’s one of the most beautiful and largest ships to travel the Great Lakes. My heart goes out to the families that lost loved ones in the wreckage. The video up above is footage of Gordon Lightfoot when he performed the song on the Soundstage back in 1979.
By the way, I read an interesting comment on YouTube by member MisterBCbudman, you have to read it: “Great song, I was out on whitefish bay that day on my Lake Erie fish boat, barely made it back to mamainse harbour, it was the most scared i ever been. We found washed up wreckage the next day, my mate said he heard distress calls on the VHF but we couldn’t validate it.”