In my last post I mentioned the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, the only one of its kind dedicated to the perils of maritime transport on the Great Lakes. The museum is fittingly located at Whitefish Point, Michigan, the shipwreck coast of the Great Lakes. Over 200 shipwrecks lay undiscovered near Whitefish Point. The museum includes many artifacts and details regarding Great Lakes shipwrecks, including the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Canadian folksinger Gordon Lightfoot inspired popular interest in this vessel with his 1976 ballad, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." This freighter sank with her entire crew of 29 men on Lake Superior November 10, 1975, 17 miles north-northwest of Whitefish Point. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society has conducted three underwater expeditions to the wreck in 1989, 1994, and 1995. They recovered the bell from the ship and have it on display in the museum.

It was a somber experience standing in the darkened museum, gazing at the Edmund Fitzgerald bell as Gordon Lightfoot's ballad sounded over the speaker system. 


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