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Edmund Fitzgerald sank 36 years ago

On Nov. 10, 1975, the 729-foot laker Edmund Fitzgerald — one of the largest ships on the Great Lakes — sank in Lake Superior with a loss of all 29 hands.

The "Fitz" had departed on Nov. 9 in tandem with another laker, but sailed directly into an early winter storm. It sank suddenly, without making a distress call, at about 7:30 p.m., in heavy snow with winds gusting to hurricane force and seas exceeding 30 feet in height.

The anniversary was obviously covered heavily by media outlets in the region.

Click here for memories and newspaper excerpts from the disaster and click here for a slideshow posted by The Detroit Free Press.