Marks the 35th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. One of the worst storms in the great lakes to the ship and crew of 29 to the bottom of Lake Superior.
At 729 feet long, the Fitz was a giant among lakes freighters. It lies in only about 550 feet of water, a testament to the forces of nature on the Great Lakes.
That may be some of the allure of the Fitzgerald story here in the Great Lakes State, where you grow up being warned "don't argue with the lakes" and get quickly to shore when skies darken.
People from elsewhere who have no concept of the scope of the lakes -- or the fury they can unleash -- may wonder how such a mighty vessel could be destroyed in waters not nearly as deep as the boat was long. But those who have seen the lakes angry, those who know that the loss of the Fitz was, in fact, far from the worst of many such Great Lakes tragedies, understand the power that comes with the beauty around us.
And each year, around now, they remember. They think about those 29 men and their mighty ship. And they wonder, as Gordon Lightfoot did, "does anyone know where the love of God goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours
Read more: Ron Dzwonkowski: Fitzgerald legend and mystery live on 35 years after ship's sinking | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/2010110...#ixzz14mxY1Z2n