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'Ghost Ship' Appears On Lake Superior (Video)

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A strange video (below) of a so-called "ghost ship" on Lake Superior was posted on YouTube on Oct. 10, and has gone viral with over half a million views.

Jason Asselin, who posted the video on his YouTube page, wrote: "Saturday evening far off coast from Marquette, Michigan appeared this mysterious ship that had to be gigantic! Almost as if a ghost ship was showing itself to the world.. Even if it was a ship, what could be that tall in these choppy waves?"

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The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum estimates there are more than 6,000 shipwrecks in those bodies of water, and about 30,000 lost lives, the Detroit Free Press notes.

One of the most famous wrecks on Lake Superior was the SS Edmund Fitzgerald in November 1975, which was recalled in the 1976 hit song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot (video below).

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The Edmund Fitzgerald is still the largest of all the ships that have sunk or were wrecked in the Great Lakes by the weather, according to USA Today.

The Edmund Fitzgerald was traveling from Superior, Wisconsin, to Detroit when it was reportedly hit by giant waves up to 35 feet and winds at 67 mph. The ship was carrying about 26,000 tons of taconite pellets, which are used in iron mining, reported The Associated Press.

The freighter tried to get out of the storm by heading for Whitefish Bay, but sank about 17 miles short.

Lightfoot sang in his hit song:

Does any one know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?
The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her.

They might have split up or they might have capsized
They may have broke deep and took water
And all that remains is the faces and the names
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

The Edmund Fitzgerald went down in 530 feet of water, killing all 29 men on board.

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The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald (Song)

Sources: USA TodayDetroit Free PressJason Asselin/YouTube / Photo credit: Jason Asselin/YouTube