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Monday, 11 November 2013 10:08

Ceremonies recall sinking of Edmund Fitzgerald

RIVER ROUGE, Mich. (AP) - Ceremonies in the Detroit area have paid homage to sailors who lost their lives in the sinking 38 years ago of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Lanterns flickered as a crowd gathered Sunday evening at Belanger Park in the Detroit suburb of River Rouge. Tom Abair is co-director of the River Rouge Historical Museum. He says it's an appropriate location for a memorial, since the ship was built and unloaded nearby. On Detroit's Belle Isle on Sunday, a service to remember those aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald also was held. The Edmund Fitzgerald went down in eastern Lake Superior during a monstrous storm on Nov. 10, 1975, killing 29 crewmen. The sinking spawned a well-known song by Gordon Lightfoot, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."