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The Edmund Fitzgerald sank 33 years ago today

Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior.

On the evening of Nov. 10, 1975, the 729-foot ore carrier went down with a full cargo of taconite pellets during a severe storm. The ship sank approximately 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay, Mich. All 29 crewmen on board died.

The tragedy resulted in a requirement for, and Coast Guard approval of, exposure (now immersion) suits on Great Lakes vessels and later all commercial vessels and fishing vessels operating on “cold waters.”

The following link to the Coast Guard’s report was provided by Holland & Knight, a law firm whose practice areas include maritime law. Click here to read the report.

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