With a load of iron ore - 26, tons more Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed When the gales of November came early The ship was the pride of the American side Coming back from some mill in Wisconson As the big freighters go it was bigger than most With a crew and the Captain well seasoned.
SS Edmund Fitzgerald, upbound and in ballast Design and construction[ edit ] Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company of MilwaukeeWisconsin, invested in the iron and minerals industries on a large-scale basis, including the construction of Fitzgerald, which represented the first such investment by any American life insurance company.
Fitzgerald was the first laker built to the maximum St. Lawrence Seaway size which was feet Hudson Company -designed furnishings  included deep pile carpeting, tiled bathrooms, drapes over the portholesand leather swivel chairs in the guest lounge.
There were two guest state rooms for passengers. Air conditioning extended to the crew quarters, which featured more amenities than usual. A large galley and fully stocked pantry supplied meals for two dining rooms. The Fitzgerald pilothouse was outfitted with "state-of-the-art nautical equipment and a beautiful map room.
But the event was plagued by misfortunes: When Elizabeth Fitzgerald, wife of Edmund Fitzgerald, tried to christen the ship by smashing a champagne bottle over the bow, it took her three attempts to break it. A delay of 36 minutes followed while the shipyard crew struggled to release the keel blocks.
Upon sideways launch, the ship created a large wave that "doused" the spectators and then crashed into a pier before righting herself. One man watching the launching had a heart attack and later died. Other witnesses later said they swore the ship was "trying to climb right out of the water".
She set seasonal haul records six different times. Stewards treated the guests to the entire VIP routine.
The cuisine was reportedly excellent and snacks were always available in the lounge. A small but well stocked kitchenette provided the drinks. Once each trip, the captain held a candlelight dinner for the guests, complete with mess-jacketed stewards and special "clamdigger" punch. Although Captain Peter Pulcer was in command of Fitzgerald on trips when cargo records were set, "he is best remembered Clair and Detroit Rivers.
Later that same year, she struck the wall of a lockan accident repeated in and Duringshe lost her original bow anchor in the Detroit River. Anderson Fitzgerald left Superior, Wisconsin, at 2: Paquette of Sykes predicted that a major storm would directly cross Lake Superior.
The vessel had also developed a list.
The USCG replied that their monitoring equipment indicated that both instruments were inactive. McSorley reported, "We are holding our own.
No distress signal was received, and ten minutes later, Anderson lost the ability either to raise Fitzgerald by radio or to detect her on radar. The USCG sent a buoy tenderWoodrushfrom Duluth, Minnesota, but it would take two and a half hours to launch and a day to travel to the search area.
Most of the crew was from Ohio and Wisconsin;  their ages ranged from year-old watchman Karl A. Navy Lockheed P-3 Orion aircraft, piloted by Lt.
George Conner and equipped to detect magnetic anomalies usually associated with submarines, found the wreck on November 14, Navy also contracted Seaward, Inc. In between the two broken sections lay a large mass of taconite pellets and scattered wreckage lying about, including hatch covers and hull plating.
The primary objective was to record 3-D videotape for use in museum educational programs and production of documentaries. The expedition used a towed survey system TSS Mk1 and a self-propelled, tethered, free swimming remotely operated underwater vehicle ROV.SS Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, , with the loss of the entire crew of When launched on June 7, , she was the largest ship on North America's Great Lakes, and she remains the largest to have sunk there..
For 17 years, Edmund Fitzgerald carried taconite iron ore from mines near Duluth, Minnesota, to iron.
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"Deep Sea Detectives: Death of the Edmund Fitzgerald" is an interesting documentary about the most famous Great Lakes shipwreck of all time. Made for the History Channel, it is hosted by divers Richie Kohler and John Chatterton, most famous for their work on the "U".