The Edmund Fitzgerald

People don’t seem to ever realize how important and how BIG the Great Lakes are. They aren’t so much lakes, they’re a lot more like inland oceans. They have their own tides, currents, patterns, etc, and when weather gets intense, they can get just as rough as the open ocean. This is exactly what happened to the Edmund Fitzgerald. The Edmund Fitzgerald was a lake liner built in 1958 for the purpose of carrying iron ore from Duluth to other great lakes ports like Toledo, Detroit, Marquette, Ashland, and others. She was one of the largest lake liners built; having a length of 729 feet and a depth of 39 feet. The liner made voyages between lake port cities for 17 years, earning a loving reputation amongst the people working in the trade in the area. Captain Peter Pulcer was known for always playing music through the ship’s speakers while passing port cities and towns, always announcing the Fitzgerald’s arrival with music. But, as I said earlier, weather on these lakes can get rough. On November 10, 1975, the Fitzgerald found itself stuck in a storm and sank in Lake Superior. All 29 crew members died with the ship. The exact cause of the sinking is unknown. Scholars speculate that it may have been a combination of shoaling, swamping, overloading, and many other potential causes. No matter what caused it, it still sunk and now lies 530 feet below the surface.