Lore museum to hold bell-tolling services during November

ROGERS CITY — Today marks the first of three bell-tolling services in Rogers City to remember ships that sank.

The Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum, 367 N. 3rd Street will host the three services in the month of November.

“The services are for the men who lost their lives when the ships sunk,” Museum Director David Erickson said.

He said the museum tries to have the services as close to the actual date they ships sunk.

At 1 p.m. today will be the bell ringing for the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in Lake Superior 42 years ago. The other tollings will take place at 1 p.m. on Nov. 18 and 25 both at the museum.

“On Saturday the 18th we’ll do the one of the ship in town here. The S.S. Carl D. Bradley which sank 59 years ago on Nov. 18,” Erickson said.

The service on the Nov. 25 is for the S.S. Daniel Morrell which sank in Lake Huron 51 years ago on Nov. 29.

The events are free of charge and the public may visit other areas of the museum after the program.

“I hope people can come to pay their respects to these people and their families,” Erickson said.

Jordan Spence can be reached via email at jspence@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.