Edmund Fitzgerald Anniversary

Edmund Fitzgerald Anniversary

On the Sunday closest to November 10
On November 10, 1975, the 26,000-ton ore carrier SS Edmund Fitzgerald, the largest ship on the Great Lakes in its time and known as "The Queen of the Great Lakes," sank during a deadly storm in Lake Superior. In commemoration of that tragedy, a number of events are held.
The primary event is held at the Mariners' Church in downtown Detroit, Mich. As the names of the 29 lost crewmen are read out, a family member or friend of the deceased rings a ship's bell. Beginning in 2006, the church has expanded its service to a 30th ring to remember all those sailors who have been lost on the Great Lakes, some 30,000 lives lost in 6,000 shipwrecks over the years. Additional events were held for the 30th anniversary of the sinking in 2005. At the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society and Museum in Whitefish Point, Mich., near where the sinking occurred, a ship's bell recovered from the wreck was rung in a special ceremony. At the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle in the Detroit River, 29 lanterns were placed around an anchor that came from the Fitzgerald .
CONTACTS:
S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald Online
www.ssefo.com
Mariners' Church of Detroit
170 E. Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48226-4391
313-259-2206
marinerschurchofdetroit.org
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
100 Strand Dr.
Belle Isle
Detroit, MI 48207
313-821-2661
www.detroithistorical.org/exhibits/index.asp