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Newsletter - Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald


Website Dedicated to the Memory of the Edmund Fitzgerald

(Timothy McCall became interested in the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald while working on a middle school research projecy.

All these years later, he now maintains a website dedicated to the memory of the 29 men who lost their lives when the ship went down 35 years ago today.

S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald Online (www.ssefo.com) features a great deal of information on the wreck as well as prictures and biographies of crew members and interviews with their loved ones.

Timothy has been embraced by the families of the crew and has been present with them at memorial services like the one today at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

The Lost Fitzgerald Search Tapes

Rare radio chatter between the Arthur M. Anderson and the Coast Guard November 10th, 1975. The last time anyone ever heard from the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The Arthur M. Anderson, another ship in transit that day, had the last communications with the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Special thanks to to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, who originally posted this video.

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Service to take place Wednesday, November 10, at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

On November 10, 1975, the 729-foot steamer Edmund Fitzgerald was lost in an infamous Lake Superior storm near Whitefish Point, Michigan with her entire crew of 29 men. The Fitzgerald's story has become a popular legend through a song by Canadian folksinger Gordon Lightfoot and the cause of her loss remains a mystery thirty-five years later.


LTCDR G.W. Gwalchmai of the Canadian Navy tolls the Fitzgerald  Bell at the annual ceremony, 2005   Image credit: The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

The bell of this most famous Great Lakes shipwreck was recovered at the request of surviving family members in 1995 and is now on display as a memorial at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, Michigan. The Shipwreck Museum will offer its annual Memorial Service this year on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 beginning at 7:00 pm in the Shipwreck Museum building. Public seating will begin no earlier than 6:30 pm on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Lost Ship's Legend Lives On

This article, published today on the CNN website, features a fantastic photo gallery of old color images of the Edmund Fitzgerald in her hay day. It also tells the story of Tim McCall, born 10 years after the ship's sinking, who manages a website dedicated to the memories of the 29 who lost their lives that fateful day.

Lost Ship's Legend Lives On

By Jim Kavanagh, CNN
November 10, 2010 8:56 a.m. EST

(CNN) -- The vicious, swirling storm that battered the Great Lakes region in late October inspired talk of a similar gale that brought about one of the great mysteries of the 20th century.

The mighty ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald, one of the largest ships on America's inland seas, seemed invincible in its bulk and mass, but it was no match for a howling Lake Superior gale on November 10, 1975.

A day earlier, the 729-foot behemoth, operated by mineral company Oglebay Norton, had chugged away from port in Superior, Wisconsin, on a course that would take it across the length of Lake Superior, through the Soo Locks and down Lake Huron to Detroit, Michigan, a journey that should have taken about 48 hours.

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