“The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they called “Gitche Gumee.”
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
when the skies of November turn gloomy. ”
Gordon Lightfoot, 1976
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
In a desolate stretch of Lake Superior that lies from Whitefish Point west past Pictured Rocks lie over 300 shipwrecks. Raging northwesterly storms that build over a 200 mile expanse on frigid open water, poor visibility due to fog and blinding snow combined with converging shipping traffic has contributed to the loss of ships and crew and labeled Whitefish Point as the Graveyard of the Great Lakes.
Whitefish Point is home to the Shipwreck Museum and memorial to the 29 men who perished with the Edmund Fitzgerald on November10, 1975.