At roughly 14:30 yesterday forty years ago, the Edmund Fitzgerald departed the iron ore docks in Superior, Wisconsin with a load of 26,116 tons of taconite pellets. She would have been bound for Zug Island in Detroit but this would be her last trip on the Great Lakes. The Arthur M. Anderson would depart Two Harbors, Minnesota roughly two hours later with a load of iron ore for Gary, Indiana. The two would take their place in Great Lakes Maritime History.
So today, we remember the 29 men who lost their lives on the Edmund Fitzgerald on this day forty years ago.