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Deadly ‘White Hurricane,’ 100 years later

“The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” vaulted to No. 2 on the Billboard pop charts in 1976, scoring a blockbuster hit for Canadian songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. He’d written the ballad as a tribute to the 29 merchant mariners who died when the bulk carrier Edmund Fitzgerald sank Nov. 10, 1975, in a fierce gale on Lake Superior.



Anatomy of the storm on the Great Lakes Nov. 1913

All 22 hands aboard the L.C. Waldo, grounded on Gull Rock in Lake Superior, were rescued (note the ice in the rigging).On Friday, Nov. 7, 1913, a blast of frigid Arctic air, accompanied by low barometric pressure, swept into the Great Lakes from Canada. At the same time a weak low-pressure system was tracking eastward from the southeastern United States, setting the stage for the tragic events to come.



The impact of the Kandi Won tragedy one year later

The district attorney's report cites flaws in the design of the 1984 Silverton 34. Water-filled barrels simulated passenger weight forward.More than a year after three children drowned when Kandi Won, a 34-foot Silverton, capsized in Oyster Bay, L.I., N.Y., the tragedy continues to roil the boating community.  The July 4, 2012, accident received national attention, spurring action by legislators and boating safety groups.



Making a case for mandatory education

Sen. Charles Schumer has introduced legislation requiring capacity limits for boats larger than 20 feet.The legacy of the tragic Kandi Won accident that claimed the lives of three children may be safer waters. Safety officials from states that have some form of mandatory education maintain that an educated boater is a safer boater.



A 'dumb decision to swim pays off in five lives saved

John Franklin Riggs runs a 50-foot workboat out of Rock Hall, Md.Earlier this summer, a strong southerly breeze whipped up Tangier Sound, an isolated and beautiful body of water along Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Marshes teemed with ducks and other birds. Low islands seemed to float on an expanse of blue, like green oases in a classically remote Chesapeake Bay seascape.



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