Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Today is the 42nd anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The ship sank at 7:10pm on November 10, 1975 and had 29 men on board.

The ship went down in Lake Superior 15 miles northwest of Whitefish Point just over the border in Canadian waters.

The sinking has been immortalized in Gordon Lightfoot's song, 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.'

Most people assume a storm sunk the ship but Maritime Historian Frederick Stonehouse says that is probably not all that went into it.

"Theories of what caused the loss have ranged from a structural deficiency in the boat to being overwhelmed by larger waves than normal to striking an uncharted shoal," said Stonehouse. "All of those played into the mystery of the Edmund Fitzgerald, even to this day."

The Marquette Maritime Museum has an exhibit about the wreck and the mystery of the Fitzgerald and opens again in May.

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