Storms on the Great Lakes can rival hurricanes in their intensity. The one that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald had sustained winds of 67 mph, gusts of up to 86 mph, and waves reported up to 35 feet, according to another vessel in the area that survived the storm.
Gordon Lightfoot memorialized the Edmund Fitzgerald with a spectacular song that will haunt you for days. Here, have an earworm. http://youtu.be/Q0DqPSF2fyo