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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Loss and Search

History of the Edmund Fitzgerald–Loss and Search At around 7:25 p.m., on the 10th of November, 1975, the snow which had all but eliminated visibility on Lake Superior lifted. The lights of three other ships could be seen by Captain Jesse Cooper of the Arthur M. Anderson. The lights of …

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Search and Discovery

History of the Edmund Fitzgerald–Discovery and Exploration The site of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald was located on November 14, 1975, just 4 days after her sinking. The area was surveyed by the 180-foot Coast Guard Cutter Woodrush, which was equipped with side-scan sonar. The survey indicated two objects, …

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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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