S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald

On November 10, 1975 the Fitzgerald left Superior, Wisconsin carrying 26,000 tons of iron ore pellets, bound for Detroit. The day was bright; in her path laid a terrible storm with 60 MPH winds and waves of about 18 feet. As the storm built, her experienced Captain Ernest McSorley bore north across Lake Superior, seeking the relative shelter of the Canadian shore and Whitefish Bay.

The ship Arthur M. Anderson, was about less than 10 miles from the Fitzgerald, and received reports that the ship was listing to the starboard and that structural damages had occurred to the vessel. At 7:10 PM, The Captain delivered what was to be his final message: "We're holding our own." The Fitzgerald's image disappeared from radar screens around 7:25 PM. The ship and crew, which consisted of 29 men, sank to the bottom of Lake Superior.