[![The Edmund Fitzgerald](http://buyersguide.carsoup.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/The-Big-Fitz.jpg)](http://buyersguide.carsoup.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/The-Big-Fitz.jpg)Undated photo of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald in the Duluth Ship Canal. (Courtesy University of Wisconsin-Superior archives)
Today is a sad and tragic day of remembrance in Minnesota, as it marks the 41th anniversary of the sinking of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald. Caught in a vicious early storm on Lake Superior while delivering 26,000 tons of taconite pellets (a form of processed iron ore used in the steel industry) from Superior, Wisconsin to Detroit, Michigan for eventual use in the auto industry, the Edmund Fitzgerald went down with all 29 hands, including her captain, Ernest McSorley. Made famous nationally by singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot’s iconic ballad, *The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald*, the loss of the “Big Fitz” remains etched in the collective consciousness of the people of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Nation as a whole.
We at CarSoup.com remember today Captain McSorley and his crew, and we extend our sympathies to the families and loved ones of those 29 men. And to the brave captains and crew of the S.S. Arthur M. Anderson and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Naugatuck who braved the storm in rescue efforts, we give our thanks.
We also want to take a moment and recognize the many men and women who have served on the Great Lakes delivering the raw materials that have kept the great American auto industry the powerhouse that it is.
Legends do, indeed, live on.