"Very few are aware of the deadliest storm to ever pound the Great Lakes."
Many Detroiters remember the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in November of 1975. Others have heard the song by Gordon Lightfoot. Very few are aware of the deadliest storm to ever pound the Great Lakes. It too occurred in November, 100 years ago. The storm consisted of the same meteorological conditions that were described by Sebastian Junger in his book The Perfect Storm. Twelve ships went down with all hands. Twenty-nine others were luckier and were washed onto beaches; some of the beachings also included loss of life. Of the ships that did survive none were without significant damage. Official reports acknowledged 248 deaths on the Great Lakes from the storm. It is believed that the actual numbers were somewhat higher.
Michael Schumacher did an extensive amount of research to compile as many facts as possible on ships that were on the lakes at the time of the storm. This is a comprehensive collection of what is known about all of the ships that were affected by this weather anomaly. Some simply sailed away and disappeared. Many of the wrecks have never been found. Others survived the maelstrom and their crews offer eye-witness accounts of the conditions.