35 years ago today, 29 men lost their lives in one of the most tragic shipwreck to happen on the Great Lakes.

Commissioned in 1957, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald was 730 feet long and its cargo hold had the ability to carry 26,600 tons, making it the largest vessel to sail the Great Lakes. Its job was to transport iron ore from the mills/mines in the upper Wisconsin to the steal mills in Michigan and Ohio.

There are numerous theories on how and why the SS Edmund Fitzgerald and all 29 members of her crew perished on its final voyage November 10, 1975, but the main cause still remains a mystery.


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