Gales of November

The Edmund Fitzgerald sank on Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975, amid gale warnings that had upgraded to storm warnings, with winds gusting to 50 knots (58 mph) and seas at 12-16 feet. 

Local resident Tim Sweet recalled the sinking of the great ship and the weather on that fateful day nearly 50 years ago when he took this photo of the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Sturgeon Bay on Lake Michigan on Nov. 12, 2022. He wrote in an email to the Peninsula Pulse that it was a day when “gulls floated on the wind currents as if they were attached to kite strings. A gale warning had been issued for the waters surrounding Door County,” he wrote, with south winds forecast to gust up to 60 mph. 

“Lake Michigan was roaring when I walked out to the beach at the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve. Large whitecaps were pounding the break wall, and the beach seemed wider than I ever remember seeing it before. Could the strong storm have been pulling some of the water away from the shore and out into the lake?”

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