THUNDER BAY – November on Lake Superior is a month of storms. In recent memory, the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is perhaps the most famous sinking of a ship on Lake Superior. The tragedy has lived on in song from Gordon Lightfoot a Canadian singer.
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald was a Great Lakes freighter that sunk during a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975. The entire crew of twenty-nine mariners were lost.
When the Edmund Fitzgeral was launched on June 8, 1958, the freighter was the largest ship on the Great Lakes. The Fitzgerald remains the largest ship to have sunk on Lake Superior.
A U.S. Navy Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft which is equipped to detect magnetic anomalies usually associated with submarines found the wreck on November 14, 1975. The Fitzgerald lay about 17 miles (15 nmi; 27 km) from the entrance of Whitefish Bay, in Canadian waters close to the international boundary at a depth of 530 feet (160 m). A further November 14–16 survey by the USCG using a side scan sonar revealed two large objects lying close together on the lake floor. The U.S. Navy also contracted Seaward, Inc., to conduct a second survey between November 22–25. (Source: Wikipedia