Song honoured shipwreck

On this day in 1976, Gordon Lightfoot and a #1 Billboard single with The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald.

The song was about the SS Edmund Fitzgerald an American Great Lakes freighter which sank in a Lake Superior storm on Nov. 10, 1975. At the time it was launched, the vessel was the largest ship on the lakes, and it is still the largest to have sunk on the lakes. The entire crew of 29 perished without a trace.

Now protected under the Ontario Heritage Act, the site has been dived on a number of times, including an expedition by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques Cousteau, and a pair of scuba divers who used trimix gas to reach the 160-metre depth.

While the ship has yet to be honoured on a postage stamp, Lightfoot was the subject of a 52-cent stamp issued by Canada Post on June 13, 2007.


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