It was estimated that winds speeds were up to 96mph and waves were 35 feet high during the storm on the tenth. The Edmund Fitzgerald loaded with Iron Ore was headed from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Detroit, Michigan to deliver its freight to Detroit steel mills to be used in the production in cars. However the ship turned toward the safety of Whitefish Bay as the storm approached. The 29 men aboard the Fitzgerald were confident in their safety despite the storm because of the ships reputation as one of the strongest and most competent ships on the Great Lakes. The ship when launched in 1958 set records for carrying the largest loads and making the fastest trips. The ship could carry 25,400 tons of freight. The ships captain Ernest McSorley was one of the most experienced captains in the business, he spent 44 of his previous years sailing on the Great Lakes. As you can tell the Captain, crew, and the ship itself were all held in high regard and none of their conducts were brought into question when evaluating why the ship sank. So why did the ship sink?
First, I will cover the actual weather conditions of that night and how they may have impacted the ship. Some believe th...
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...uzzle that solve the mystery that was the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
All 29 sailors perished with the Edmund Fitzgerald on November 10th 1975. If you want to learn more about the ship you can visit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point. A place where they proudly displayed the recovered ships bell in remembrance of the lost sailors and a place that is close to the final resting place of the ship.
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