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SS Edmund Fitzgerald


SS Edmund Fitzgerald was a freight ship which sank on November 10, 1975. It was well known for being the biggest of its time weighing in at around 13,600 tons. It was the worst shipping disaster on the Great Lakes in 11 years.

This accident took the lives of total 29 men. This ship was on Lake Superior and carrying iron ore. It was one of the largest ‘iron boats’ working the Great Lakes. This bulk carrier spanned 729 feet, measuring 39 feet high with a width of 75 feet.


Quick Facts: –

  • SS Edmund Fitzgerald was first christened on June 8, 1958, and made its first voyage on September 24, 1958.
  • This ship was owned by Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company.
  • It had many nicknames, including ‘The Queen of the Great Lakes’, ‘The Toledo Express’.
  • This huge ship has got another nickname which is ‘Titanic of the Great Lakes’.
  • The final voyage started on November 9, 1975 at the Burlington Northern Railroad Dock No.1, Superior, Wisconsin.
  • It was carrying 26,116 tons of iron ore pellets at the time when it sank. This much iron ore is enough to build 7500 automobiles.
  • The main job of the ship was to carry taconite from mines on the shores of Minnesota and transport the pellets to steel mills.
  • The annual Edmund Fitzgerald memorial ceremony takes place on November 10 every year.



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