Saturday marks 37 years since the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975. A crew of 29 men died in the shipwreck.
The freighter carrying taconite traveling from Superior to Detroit made its last contact with a nearby ship, the Arthur M. Anderson, a little after 7 p.m. that fateful day. Minutes later, the ship disappeared from radar screens.
Every anniversary, the Split Rock Lighthouse lights its beacon to mark the anniversary. A ceremony begins with the reading of the names of those who died and the ringing of a ship's bell. A lantern vigil will also be held in Detroit at the Edmund Fitzgerald anchor.
This video shows the final interview with Capt. Bernie Cooper of the Anderson who was just 10 miles behing the Fitzgerald when it went down. Cooper was the last person to have contact with the ship. The captain died in 1993.
The sinking of the Fitzgerald is received as the most recent major shipping disaster in the Great Lakes. An exhibit opening Saturday at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Michigan, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories, commemorates the Fitzgerald along with a dozen other disasters.
Here's a video that uses archive footage with Gordon Lightfoot’s famous song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."