Edmund Fitzgerald Remembered on 42nd Anniversary

Amy Adamle
November 10, 2017 10:16 PM

It's been 42 years since the largest freighter to take on the waters of the Great Lakes sunk.  

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Twenty-nine men lost their lives when the Edmund Fitzgerald shipwrecked and Friday night, they were honored at Split Rock Lighthouse. 

At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, they closed the lighthouse temporarily and read the names of the men who lost their lives to the toll of a ship's bell.  

It started on the 10th anniversary, when Lee Radzak decided to light the beacon of the lighthouse in their honor.

When it grew in popularity, they made it an event.  Ever since then it has been tradition.  

"I think it resonates with everybody, both people who live along the shore and in Duluth, because it's part of the history and part of the Lake and the Lake is always going to be an unknown," Lee Radzak, the Historic Site Manager, said.  

Costumed guides gave tours throughout the evening and people could also watch a film about the legendary ship.  

This night is the only opportunity all year when visitors can climb the tower of the lighthouse after dark and see the lit beacon.  

Radzak said 1500 people turned out for the memorial Friday.  


Amy Adamle

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