The Tale of The Edmund Fitzgerald

This the famous Edmund Fitzgerald from 1975 on St Marys River.

Bob Campbell

This the famous Edmund Fitzgerald from 1975 on St Marys River.

The tale of the Edmund Fitzgerald still lives on in Michigan’s history books, as it is one of the most memorable shipwrecks to occur in the Great Lakes, specifically Lake Superior. Today on November 10th, 2020, marks the 45th anniversary of the shipwreck that killed 29 people. This wreck is so popular, that Gordon Lightfoot was inspired and wrote a song about the wreckage called “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald” and you can hear it on radios from all over on this day. 


   The Edmund Fitzgerald was first launched on June 7th, 1958, which at the time was the largest ship to float on the lakes, and remains the larges to have sank there. For the 17 years the ship was afloat, she carried taconite iron ore from mines close to Duluth, Minnesota to iron works in Detroit, Toledo, and other ports along the Great Lakes. 


   No one really knows what happened and how the ship sank on that cold and very stormy November day, but people speculate that it capsized, taken the crew down with it. The ship, was only 17 miles away from arriving at north-northwest of Whitefish Point, Michigan when it sank. 


   In the underwater expedition of 1995, they recovered the bell that used to hang on the Edmund Fitzgerald on July 4th. The bell is currently displayed in The Shipwreck Museum located in Whitefish Point Michigan. Every year on the anniversary of the wreck, the bell is rang 29 times for each life lost on that cold November day.  


  While no one knows what happened on deck that day, it was one of the biggest moments in the Great Lakes history. Today we honor the lives lost today and how it changed Michigan’s history for the better and what it had taught us about being prepared for the worst. Rest in peace, all that were lost that day. 


   Contribution to: Michael E. Armagost, Frederick J. Beetcher, Thomas H. Bentsen, Edward F. Bindon, Thomas D. Borgeson, Oliver J. “Buck” Champeau, Nolan F. Church, Ransom E. Cundy, Thomas E. Edwards, Russell G. Haskell, George J. Holl, Bruce L. Hudson, Allen G. Kalmon, Gordon F. MacLellan, Joseph W. Mazes, John H. McCarthy, Eugene W. O’Brien, Karl A. Peckol, John J. Poviach, James A. Pratt, Robert C. Rafferty, Paul M. Riippa, John D. Simmons, William J. Spengler, Mark A. Thomas, Ralph G. Walton, David E. “ Cowboy” Weiss, Blain H. Wilhelm, and the Captain Ernest Michael McSorle. May they all rest in peace.