On This Date in 1975

When the Edmund Fitzgerald  steamed from port at Superior, Wis., on a sunny Sunday afternoon, the huge vessel seemed adequate to weather the largest of storms.  But next day, a storm hit Lake Superior and the Fitzgerald; by evening the ship was rocking through 30-foot waves and fighting hurricane-force winds.  What actually happened may not be completely clear, but experts believe the ship was probably riding two waves at once- one at the bow and one at the stern- and that the unsupported weight cracked the ship in half, driving it [and a 29-man crew] to the bottom in a matter of seconds.

Newsweek  November 24, 1975
Image: Sam Perkins Harbin

On This Date in 1975

When the Edmund Fitzgerald  steamed from port at Superior, Wis., on a sunny Sunday afternoon, the huge vessel seemed adequate to weather the largest of storms.  But next day, a storm hit Lake Superior and the Fitzgerald; by evening the ship was rocking through 30-foot waves and fighting hurricane-force winds.  What actually happened may not be completely clear, but experts believe the ship was probably riding two waves at once- one at the bow and one at the stern- and that the unsupported weight cracked the ship in half, driving it [and a 29-man crew] to the bottom in a matter of seconds.

Newsweek  November 24, 1975

Image: Sam Perkins Harbin



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