Beacon Lighting

For nearly 60 years, the light flashed each night at 10-second intervals across more than 20 miles of Lake Superior's navigable waters. Today, U.S. Coast Guard regulations prohibit the light being used for maritime traffic, but the beacon is still turned on occasionally for ceremonial and maintenance purposes.

Edmund Fitzgerald memorial beacon lighting

Every year on the 10th of November, the beacon at Split Rock is lighted to commemorate the sinking of the freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald, and all the other vessels lost on the Great Lakes.

At 4:30 pm, the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crew members are read to the tolling of a ship's bell. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit, and the tower will be open again to tour.

2021 ceremony: Wednesday, November 10

Edmund Fitzgerald launching

Edmund Fitzgerald crew members

McSorley, Ernest M., Master
McCarthy, John H., 1st Mate
Pratt, James A., 2nd Mate
​Armagost, Michael E., 3rd Mate
​Holl, George J., Chief Engineer
​Bindon, Edward F., 1st Asst. Engineer
Edwards, Thomas E., 2nd Asst. Engineer
Haskell, Russell G., 2nd Asst. Engineer
​Champeau, Oliver J., 3rd Asst. Engineer
Beetcher, Frederick J., Porter
​Bentsen, Thomas, Oiler
​Borgeson, Thomas D., AB Maint. Man
Church, Nolan F., Porter
​Cundy, Ransom E., Watchman
Hudson, Bruce L., Deckhand

​Kalmon, Allen G., 2nd Cook
​MacLellan, Gordon F., Wiper
Mazes, Joseph W., Spec. Maint. Man
O'Brien, Eugene W., Wheelsman
​Peckol, Karl A., Watchman
​Poviach, John J., Wheelsman
​Rafferty, Robert C., Steward
​Riippa, Paul M., Deckhand
Simmons, John D., Wheelsman
​Spengler, William J., Watchman
Thomas, Mark A., Deckhand
Walton, Ralph G., Oiler
Weiss, David E., Cadet (Deck)
Wilhelm, Blaine H., Oiler