40 years ago today: Sinking of Edmund Fitzgerald

DETROIT (AP) -- Ceremonies in Michigan are observing the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior.

The annual Lost Mariners Remembrance program takes place Tuesday night at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, honoring those who lost their lives on the Great Lakes. It includes a lantern vigil and the placement of a memorial wreath.

Also Tuesday night, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum hosts a memorial ceremony in the Upper Peninsula.

The freighter went down 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."

On Sunday, a service at Mariners' Church in Detroit included family members of some of those who died in the sinking.