More than 6000 ships succumbed to the whims of the lakes; here are 11 of them. The SS Edmund Fitzgerald // Lake SuperiorAny Gordon Lightfoot fan is probably familiar with the wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald. When a storm sent the ship tumbling onto its side, the crew escaped, but there was no sign of Applebee. A gale had spread over Lake Michigan that day, and a few ships around the islands thought they may have seen it. They planned to capture the SS Michigan, which was guarding the prison island.