Final Journey

History of the Edmund Fitzgerald The Edmund Fitzgerald was a 729 foot freighter, used to transport iron ore across Lake Superior. Built in 1958 by the River Rouge Works of the Great Lakes Engineering Company, she was owned by the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company of Milwaukee and named for …

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1995 Expedition

The Edmund Fitzgerald sank on November 10th, 1975, seventeen miles northwest of White Fish Point in Lake Superior. The Fitzgerald, a 729 foot iron-ore carrier, was loaded with 27,300 tons of taconite ore and was headed for Detroit, Michigan. At 2:00 a.m., the Fitzgerald slammed into a severe weather mass. …

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Phase II – August 25

Kyle tows John Chluski while he shoots video Jay locates a mustard jar A Good Last Day The official web site for the Monitor Expedition is http://monitor.nos.noaa.gov/. August 25, 1999 – The team assignments for today were: Captain, R/V Cape Fear – Dan Aspenleiter Principle Investigator – Dr. John Broadwater …

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Phase II – August 24

Conditions Are Not Always What They Seem The official web site for the Monitor Expedition is http://monitor.nos.noaa.gov/. August 24, 1999 – The team assignments for today were: Captain, R/V Cape Fear – Dan Aspenleiter Principle Investigator – Dr. John Broadwater NOAA Historian – Jeff Johnston Diving Safety Officer – Dave …

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Phase II – August 23

John Broadwater shows the news team the artifacts The Cambrian Foundation, NOAA, NURC and UNCW team The bow of the Monitor Pieces of wood and an intact glass bottle Another Fine Diving Day The official web site for the Monitor Expedition is http://monitor.nos.noaa.gov/. August 23, 1999 – With us on …

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Phase II – August 22

The anode is deployed from the chase boat Broadwater views the dredging with a drop camera Sinking fishing boat This diver was sure glad to see us! More Than We Bargained For The official web site for the Monitor Expedition is http://monitor.nos.noaa.gov/. August 22, 1999 – The weather yesterday was …

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Phase II – August 20

The drop camera is deployed from the chase boat Reversing wheel in the engine room Guests from Roanoke, VA with Kyle and Cindy Great Bottom Conditions The official web site for the Monitor Expedition is http://monitor.nos.noaa.gov/. August 20, 1999 – The team assignments for today were: Captain, R/V Cape Fear …

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Phase II – August 19

Typical Hatteras Conditions Remember, the official web site for the Monitor Expedition is http://monitor.nos.noaa.gov/. August 19, 1999 – We were joined today on board the R/V Cape Fear by a news team from WRAL5, Amanda Lamb and cameraman, Joe Frieda. The team assignments for today were: Captain, R/V Cape Fear …

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Phase II – August 18

Looking forward along the port side armor belt Stab meter on the exposed section of the turret NBC17 crew interviews Jeff Johnston Rough Seas, Good Vis We have been remiss. We have needed to remind you of the official web site for the Monitor Expedition. Please check out their site …

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Phase II – August 17

Waiting for the divers to surface from the dive Experts confirmed the artifact as a deck light Divers reboard the R/V Cape Fear after the dive Getting Into The Swing Of Things August 17, 1999 – The weather was absolutely superb, however, the current was about 1 to 2 knots …

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