Ceremony to honor Edmund Fitzgerald anniversary Friday

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WHITEFISH POINT, Mich. (WLUC) - Friday marks the 42nd anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior.

The freighter left Superior, Wis. on Nov. 9, 1975. It was heading to Detroit, but got caught in a strong Lake Superior November storm. The Fitzgerald's last radio contact was with the freighter Arthur M. Anderson on the evening of Nov. 10.

Soon after, the Fitzgerald disappeared from radar 17 miles northwest of Whitefish Point. All 29 crew members lost their lives.

When the Fitzgerald was launched in 1958, it was the largest ship on the Great Lakes.

The public is invited to the annual Edmund Fitzgerald memorial ceremony at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point Friday at 7:00 p.m. The bell of the ship is rung just once each year, on Nov. 10, in honor of the ship and its men.

There will also be a gallery open from noon to 4:00 p.m.

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