Lost ship's legend lives on

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The vicious, swirling storm that battered the Great Lakes region in late October inspired talk of a similar gale that brought about one of the great mysteries of the 20th century.

The mighty 729-foot ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald, one of the largest ships on America's inland seas, seemed invincible in its bulk and mass, but it was no match for a howling Lake Superior gale on Nov. 10, 1975.

Capt. Ernest McSorley, a 37-year veteran on his last sail before retirement, stayed in radio contact with two nearby ships. The final radio contact with the Edmund Fitzgerald was recorded.

Click here for the full report on the anniversary with a link to listen to the ship captains' radio traffic.

Click here to watch a music-video remembrance of the tragedy.