The ship sank in a storm off Whitefish Point in Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975.

The Edmund Fitzgerald sank off this place Nov.10 1975 during a vicious storm on Lake Superior. The CURV III unit took 43,000 feet of video tape and 900 photographs of the wreck. This underwater photo of the sunken SS Edmund Fitzgerald was taken by an unmanned submersible robot, as a research team investigates the wreck site 17 … Again, though, I have to leave that decision up to you as to whether it would be hazarding your vessel or not. Aware of a building November storm entering the Great Lakes from the great plains, Captain McSorley and Captain Cooper agreed to take the northerly course across Lake Superior, where they would be protected by highlands on the Canadian shore. As the afternoon wore on, radio communications with the Fitzgerald concerned navigational information but no extraordinarily alarming reports were offered by Captain McSorley.

We’re going to try to contact those saltwater vessels and see if they can’t possibly come about and possibly come back also…things look pretty bad right now; it looks like she may have split apart at the seams like the Morrell did a few years back.”, “Well, that’s what I been thinking. They would later make a turn to the southeast to eventually reach the shelter of Whitefish Point. Administrative: US Weather Bureau Building, 400 W. Portage Avenue, Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum - Whitefish Point, 18335 N. Whitefish Point Road, Paradise, MI 49768, Shipwreck Museum and Whitefish Point Souvenirs. According to Captain Cooper, about 6:55 pm, he and the men in the Anderson’s pilothouse felt a “bump”, felt the ship lurch, and then turned to see a monstrous wave engulfing their entire vessel from astern. Restored Fitzgerald bell – Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. If you think you can safely go back up to the area, I would request that you do so. Captain Cooper asked McSorley if he had his pumps going, and McSorley said, “Yes, both of them.”. He said that he was going along like an old shoe; no problems at all.”, “Well, again, do you think you could come about and go back and have a look in the area?”, “Well, I’ll go back and take a look, but God, I’m afraid I’m going to take a hell of a beating out there… I’ll turn around and give ‘er a whirl, but God, I don’t know.

In the early afternoon of November 10, the Fitzgerald had passed Michipicoten Island and was approaching Caribou Island. The pilot house of the sunken Edmund Fitzgerald, in an image taken from later exploration of the wreck. Don't Edit By that time the Anderson had reached the safety of Whitefish Bay to the relief of all aboard. Captain Cooper reported winds from the NW x W (305 ) at a steady 58 knots with gusts to 70 knots, and seas of 18 to 25 feet. GLSHS’ three expeditions to the wreck revealed that it is likely she “submarined” bow first into an enormous sea, as damage forward is indicative of a powerful, quick force to the superstructure. SS Edmund Fitzgerald. Morgan Clark, first mate of the Anderson, kept watching the Fitzgerald on the radar set to calculate her distance from some other vessels near Whitefish Point.

With mounting apprehension, Captain Cooper called the Coast Guard once again, about 8:00 pm, and firmly expressed his concern for the welfare of the Fitzgerald. The Naugatuck arrived at 12:45 pm on November 11, and the Woodrush arrived on November 14, having journeyed all the way from Duluth, Minnesota. Skip to main content.

The bell of the ship is now on display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum as a memorial to her lost crew. He could clearly see the ship and the beacon on Caribou on his radar set and could measure the distance between them. Whitefish Point is the site of the Whitefish Point Light Station and Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. State Journal archives. “Then the Anderson just raised up and shook herself off of all that water – barrooff – just like a big dog. ``Personally, I feel the man is morally bankrupt,'' said Beth Blasucci of Pacific Palisades, Calif., whose father, John McCarthy, was the ship's first mate.

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