Fitz was lost 37 years ago

Split Rock Lighthouse during the Edmund Fitzgerald ceremony on Nov. 10, 2011 (2011 file, Andrew Krueger / akrueger@duluthnews.com)

Today marks the 37th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior gale, and once again a bell will toll in memory of the lost ship’s crew — and all lost mariners — during a ceremony at Split Rock Lighthouse.

The lighthouse on the North Shore will be open from noon to 6 p.m. today. At 4:30 p.m., the lighthouse will close briefly for a ceremony in which the names of the Fitzgerald’s 29 crew members will be read, and a bell tolled for each man. The bell will be tolled a 30th time for all those lost at sea.

After the ceremony, Split Rock’s beacon will be lit and tours will resume. It’s the only time each year when visitors can tour the lighthouse while the beacon is lit and revolving.

The cost of $5, free for Minnesota Historical Society members.

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