The Edmund Fitzgerald

… went down off Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, 40 years ago today (1975).

Recovered Bell at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum Whitefish Point, Michigan

The ship was thirty-nine feet tall, seventy-five feet wide, and 729 feet long.

Lightfoot’s lyrics had one error — the load was bound for Detroit, not Cleveland.

There were waves as high as 30 feet that night; so high they were picked up on radar.

The Edmund Fitzgerald was only 17 miles from safe haven (Whitefish Point).

The captain and a crew of 28 were lost.

Rare photos of Edmund Fitzgerald | Detroit Free Press