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November 10, 1975: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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Sunday, November 10, 2013, 2:24 PM -

On November 10, 1975, the Great Lakes freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank beneath the waters of lake superior, along with her crew of 29.

She was the largest ship to ever sink on the Great Lakes, a victim of a powerful weather phenomenon known as the Witches of November.

Those are intense fall storms that occur when warmer air clashes with colder air from the north, bringing blizzard-like conditions, tornadoes and powerful, hurricane-level winds.

One such storm is blamed for the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, which vanished from radar screens by 7 p.m. on November 10, 1975.

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