The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. It's more than just a hauntingly captivating song. It was a real event that took real lives, 29 of them.
The date was November 10, 1975, and the place was on Lake Superior. She wasn't supposed to sink. None of them ever are. But sink she did, in a matter of moments, taking all aboard with her.
Today, the ship that was something of a queen of the waterways she plied lies at the bottom of the lake. Her resting place is a legally designated watery grave. As such, it will remain undisturbed, out of respect for the remains of those who went down with her.
She's probably the most famous, and certainly the largest, ship ever to succumb to the sometimes treacherous waters of the Great Lakes of North America.
Most everyone probably knows the song about her. But there are other things to know. Some of them are here on this page.