Top News Story: Ships Have Sunk in Lake Superior

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, November 23, 1914:  <<no entry>>

Source: Milton Evening Standard (November 23, 1914)
Source: Milton Evening Standard (November 23, 1914)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

I always find it interesting to see what national news made headlines in central Pennsylvania. This article was the top center headline on the front page of Grandma’s local newspaper, the Milton Evening Standard, a hundred years ago today.

What a sad story—So many lives were lost due to the extreme weather. .

It makes me think about another, more recent, November maritime disaster on Lake Superior—the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald on November 10, 1975 which was memorialized in the song by Gordon Lightfoot.

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down

Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee

The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead

When the skies of November turn gloomy

With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more

Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty

That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed

When the gales of November came early

30 thoughts on “Top News Story: Ships Have Sunk in Lake Superior

  1. There’s another song, by Canadian Stan Rogers, that talks about the weather on the Great Lakes–“don’t take the lakes for granted. It can go from calm to 100 knots so fast it seems enchanted.” Another beautiful song about the force of nature.

    1. Thanks for telling me about this song. I’d never heard of it until I read your comment, but I googled it and found White Squall on YouTube. It is another sad, beautiful song about the Great Lakes.

      1. Stan Rogers was an amazing writer and singer of folksongs–if you like that kind of music, look for his songs “Mary Ellen Carter” and “Make and Break Harbour,” among others.

  2. Those were my thoughts exaclty. Until I saw Lake Erie, I had no idea how large those lakes are and how in an instant a ship can be lost. I also enjoy you posting the articles, thanks!

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