Today Marks The Anniversary of Another Maritime Disaster That Gordon Lightfoot Sang About
This past Friday marked the anniversary of the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which happened on Nov. 10, 1975. This was an event that Gordon Lightfoot would sing about in his epic song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” less than two years later. What many people don’t know is that he sang about another maritime disaster several years prior: The Yarmouth Castle.
She was a cruise ship which caught fire and sank on November 13, 1965. 87 people went down with the ship and 3 more later succumbed to their injuries in hospital.
Four years later, Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot released his album “Sunday Concert” which featured the song “The Ballad Of Yarmouth Castle”. It’s not his most popular song by any stretch, but it’s certainly a haunting retelling of the story of the ship: