Memorial Service Held To Commemorate Edmund Fitzgerald’s Sinking

November 11th, 2010 - 9:10 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
sickWhitefish Point, Nov 11, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A memorial service to mark the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald was held in Whitefish Point, Michigan on Wednesday. The memorial service was attended by the family members of the crews of the freighter who lost their lives in the what is considered to be the worst disaster in the maritime history of Great Lakes. On November 10, 1975, Edmund Fitzgerald sank all of a sudden in the Canadian waters without sending any kind of distress signal. All the 29 crew members who were aboard the freighter perished in the tragic accident.

The memorial service which was held at Whitefish Point’s Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum provided the perfect platform to bring together the family members of the crew, all of whom were present to remember the lives which were lost in the tragedy. As the memorial service gradually unfolded, a bell was rung for the each of the crew members and one additionally to commemorate all the mariners who have lost their lives in the Great Lakes. At the same time, during the memorial service, lanterns were lit to remember the crew members and the lights kept a mournful watch overlooking the sea.

A brass bell of Edmund Fitzgerald that was recovered in the year 1995 is held as the centerpiece of the memorial service that is held every year on the anniversary of the tragic incident. After recovery, the bell was replaced by replica that held the names of the crew members who were killed in the accident. Despite a thorough probe being launched, the actual reason which led to the debacle is still unclear.

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