It was one glorious sun-filled day on November 17, 1975. This kind of pleasant weather was unusual for this late in the Fall. It were as though God himself had blessed the crowd of more than 400 mourners who gathered at the Bay View Naval Amory in Toledo. They came together at this place, situated at the mouth of the Maumee River, to feel close to those souls who’d been lost. Just yards away from where they stood, ran waters that would soon empty into Erie. There, the rain that had fallen on Ohio’s fields and forests would eventually comingle with water flowing from Lakes Huron, Michigan and Superior. No doubt, someof those waters had fallen from the angry clouds that had gathered over Lake Superior a week earlier. Bringing near hurricane-force winds and waves as high as 35 feet, this tempest turned a seasoned crew and their behemoth ore freighter into a child’s bathtub toy.
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The Edmund Fitzgerald docked in Toledo, being loaded with cargo. Date unknown.