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Lost Ship's Legend Lives On


This article, published today on the CNN website, features a fantastic photo gallery of old color images of the Edmund Fitzgerald in her hay day. It also tells the story of Tim McCall, born 10 years after the ship's sinking, who manages a website dedicated to the memories of the 29 who lost their lives that fateful day.

Lost Ship's Legend Lives On

By Jim Kavanagh, CNN
November 10, 2010 8:56 a.m. EST

(CNN) -- The vicious, swirling storm that battered the Great Lakes region in late October inspired talk of a similar gale that brought about one of the great mysteries of the 20th century.

The mighty ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald, one of the largest ships on America's inland seas, seemed invincible in its bulk and mass, but it was no match for a howling Lake Superior gale on November 10, 1975.

A day earlier, the 729-foot behemoth, operated by mineral company Oglebay Norton, had chugged away from port in Superior, Wisconsin, on a course that would take it across the length of Lake Superior, through the Soo Locks and down Lake Huron to Detroit, Michigan, a journey that should have taken about 48 hours.

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