|SS Edmund Fitzgerald May, 1975|
Rogue waves also occur on the Great Lakes, and are believed to have cause the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald in November, 1975. At the time, it was the largest ship (a freighter) on the Great Lakes. The ship sank so quickly that no distress signals were received. When it was located on the bottom later that month, it was found to have broken in two. One theory is that it was hit by the "Three Sisters", a name for the phenomenon that these rogue waves occur in sets (there is a hint of that in the videos above of the recent episode in the Antarctic). "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" was a 1976 hit song by Gordon Lightfoot.