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Could I get some information on what happened to the boat "Edmund Fitzgerald"?
from Joseph of Lowell Scott Middle School in Boise, Idaho, Age 11

The Edmund Fitzgerald was a freighter carrying taconite pellets (low-grade iron ore) from Superior, Wisc. to Detroit, Mich. When caught in a severe storm, the ship's two radar systems failed as did the Whitefish Point beacon light. Captain McSorley of the "FITZ" had indicated he was having difficulty and was taking on water. Overcome by large waves and 90 mph winds, the Edmund Fitzgerald sank on November 10, 1975, near Whitefish Point on Lake Superior, killing all 29 passengers aboard. In 1995, the bell of the Edmund Fitzgerald was recovered and restored, and now sits in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

For more information on the Edmund Fitzgerald, follow the links below. Gordon Lightfoot also wrote a song in memorial to the men who died in the shipwreck, called "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

The Great Lakes Shipwrecks File: Total Losses of Great Lakes Ships, 1679-1999
The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Great Lakes Seaway and Shipping
Restoration of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald Bell

Thank you for your question!

Answered on July 17, 2000

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