Thursday, November 10, 2005


Fitzgerald ceremony set for November 10

November 04, 2005

Edmund Fitzgerald, St. Mary's River, 1975.
Photo by Bob Campbell.

The legend of the Edmund Fitzgerald remains the most mysterious and controversial of all shipwreck tales heard around the Great Lakes.

Her story is surpassed in books, film and media only by that of the Titanic. Canadian folksinger Gordon Lightfoot inspired popular interest in this vessel with his 1976 ballad, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

The Edmund Fitzgerald was lost with her entire crew of 29 men on Lake Superior November 10, 1975, 17 miles north-northwest of Whitefish Point, Michigan. Whitefish Point is the site of the Whitefish Point Light Station and Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS) has conducted three underwater expeditions to the wreck, 1989, 1994, and 1995.

At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald's 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society on July 4, 1995. This expedition was conducted jointly with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now on display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum as a memorial to her.

On November 10th, abc12 and will have extensive live coverage of the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the Great Lakes Freighter Edmund Fitzgerald.

On abc12 News, abc12 anchor Larry Elliott will report live from the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point.

He will join relatives and friends of the Fitzgerald crew will gather with other dignitaries to remember the men who died when their ship went down in a horrific Lake Superior storm on November 10th, 1975.

The recovered bell will be the centerpiece of the November 10th ceremony. The bell will be rung 29 times, once for each man lost on the Fitzgerald, and a 30th time to remember the thousands of other mariners lost on the Great Lakes.

Our coverage will begin with abc12 News at noon and will include a first-ever live web cast of the bell ringing ceremony on, beginning November 10th at approximately 7 p.m.

abc12 has been deeply involved with the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in three expeditions to the wreck site of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Photos from the 1989, 1994 and 1995 expeditions may be seen by clicking here.


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