For complete details, read Boatnerd.com’s account.
In memoriam, Gordon Lightfoot released the tragedy of the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. It received wide-attention and loads of airplay.
As a child, this tragedy struck me deeply. These men knew what was coming. They hoped to return to their families. It was dark. It was cold. They went down* and never came up from Lake Superior. Perhaps because my mother was raised in the UP and regularly criss-crossed the border with Canada, the story may have hit me harder than most other kids in the Ozarks. It happened, basically, where she grew up.
Surface Area: 31,700 mi2 / 82,100 km2
Volume: 2,934 mi3 / 12,230 km3
Length: 350 mi / 563 km
Depth: 489 ft / 149 m average; 1,335 ft / 407 m maximum
Shoreline Length: 2,726 miles / 4,385 km (including islands)
Elevation: 600 ft / 183 m
Outlet: St. Marys River to Lake Huron
Retention/Replacement Time: 191 years
All hands were lost:
Captain Ernest M. McSorley Michael E. Armagost Fred J. Beetcher Thomas D. Bentsen Edward F. Bindon Thomas D. Borgeson Oliver J. Champeau Nolan S. Church Ransom E. Cundy Thomas E. Edwards Russell G. Haskell George J. Holl Bruce L. Hudson Allen G. Kalmon Gorden Maclellan Joseph Mazes John H. McCarthy Eugene O’Brien Karl A. Peckol John J. Poviach James A. Pratt Robert C. Rafferty Paul M. Rippa John D. Simmons William J. Spengler Mark A. Thomas Ralph G. Walton David E. Weiss Blaine H. Wilhelm
* Maritime radio traffic from the captain of the ARTHUR M. ANDERSON, which had left port with the EDMUND FITZGERALD.