Today is the 36th anniversary of the sinking of the ore carrier ‘Edmund Fitzgerald’

November 10th, 2011 - 11:11 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, Nov 10 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Thursday marked the 36th anniversary of the sinking of the ore ship Edmund Fitzgerald. The massive ore carrier sank after it encountered a massive storm on the 10th of November 1975. All the 29 crew on board the ship perished after the accident.

Before leaving the port of Burlington Northern in Wisconsin, forecasters gave the assurance that the weather was all clear. Less than 24 hours later, the weather changed and a storm alert was issued.

It is not known exactly what happened to Fitzgerald but the last radio contact with the crew was when the captain said, “We are holding our own.” Before that message, Captain Ernest McSorley who was steering the ship reported that he was facing “One of the worst seas” in his career.

The remains of the ship was located a year later at 14 miles from the coast of Canada. The ship had broken into two when it was found at the bottom of the sea. The loss of 29 lives was the worst on the Great Lakes.

Memorial had been held for the crew of the ship each year. Since 2005, the memorial has been increased to include all those who have lost their lives on the Great Lakes.

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