Last Monday, November 10, 2008, my husband I had an opportunity to attend the Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Service at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, Michigan. It was a moving and educational experience.
The program stated:
November 10, 1975, the Fitzgerald and her entire crew of 29 men were lost in one of the worst storms in three decades. No one knows why a 729-foot ore carrier could founder so suddenly and mysteriously. The Fitz lies just 17 miles north-northwest of Whitefish Point in 535 feet of water."
We arrived at Whitefish Point in the mid-afternoon so we could take some photos in good light. It was a blustery, cold day.
We went down to the beach on the walkway and saw two boats heading out into the lake.
I recently read The Living Great Lakes by Jerry Dennis. It is a great book for learning about the Great Lakes and their history, biology, geology through Dennis' love for the Lakes. In the book, he describes this time of year on Lake Superior.
"November is the deadliest month. Ask any sailor. It's when the lakes still embrace some of summer's heat, but the air above has turned to winter. A meteorologist for the National Weather Service once calculated that on the average the greatest difference between the temperature of the lakes and the temperature of the air above them occurs on November 10."
This November 10 was windy & cold but not dangerous to shipping. When we arrived there was a rainbow right over this boat but it doesn't show up in the photo.
After taking pictures, we drove into Paradise for dinner. The Berry Patch stayed open late to serve the visitors for the Fitzgerald ceremony. I enjoyed a great pastie in this small restaurant and bakery.
When we returned to Whitefish Point, it was dark and the beacon from the lighthouse was showing bright.
I took this video in the afternoon. You can here the howling wind and the fog horn sounding!
I will write more later about the service at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. This was the 33rd anniversary of the sinking of the Fitzgerald.