Today marks the 40thanniversary that the Edmund Fitzgerald went down. The sinking killed the entire crew of 29 and made headlines for months as the mystery of why the ship sank continued. Dashed by giant waves in Lake Superior, the 729-foot iron ore carrier has captured everyone’s attention because in 40 years there has not been a wreck of that magnitude.
Today, there are several events to honor the members of The Edmund Fitzgerald
The annual Lost Mariner Remembrance takes place at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle in Detroit from 6p-8p -. It features marine artist Rober McGreevy, who will tell the story of lifesaving crews that patrolled the Great Lakes. There’s also a lantern vigil at the Fitzgerald anchor and performance by singer Lee Murdock. Admission is $10 and for more information call 313-833-1801
“Gales of November: The 40th Anniversary of the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven at 7p . Speaker Jim Spurr will discuss the perils of Lake Superior travel in November, from 1816 through the Fitzgerald sinking in 1975. Admission is $8. Learn more at www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org.
The 40th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony in the main gallery at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Gallery in Whitefish Point 7p . The museum displays the bell of the wrecked ship as well as its life boats and other artifacts. The bell will toll 29 times, once for each member of the crew, and a 30th time for all lost on the Great Lakes. The museum also will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more about the museum and the event at www.shipwreckmuseum.com.
The MSU library features a panel discussion at 7 p.mwith State Archaeologist Dean Anderson and MSU professors Peter Kakela and Michael Velbel. They’ll discuss the nature and shipping of iron ore and Great Lakes shipwrecks. “Iron Hulls and Turbulent Waters” is on display through Jan. 24 at the MSU Museum, 409 W. Circle Drive.
The documentary movie “A Good Ship and Crew Well-Seasoned” will premiere at 6 p.m. at the Seagate Center in Toledo as part of the National Great Lakes’ Fitzgerald memorial activities. Learn more at www.inlandseas.org.