The Ship and Crew
The Fitzgerald Storm
After the Sinking
Tribute to the Crew
About the Author
Profile of the Ship and the Wreck
- Length: 729 feet
- Height: 39 feet
- Breadth: 75 feet
- Weight empty: 13,632 tons
- Hull: 301
- Registry number: US 277437
- Ship Builder: Great Lakes Engineering Works
- Engine Manufacturer: Westinghouse Electric Corporation
- Christened: June 8, 1958
- First voyage: Sept. 24, 1958
- Final resting place: Lake Superior, 530ft underwater
- Sinking: November 10, 1975 with no survivors
Facts about the Fitz, Crew and the Lakes:
- The Fitzgerald was named after Edmund Fitzgerald, president of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.
- The Edmund Fitzgerald foundered only 17 miles from the "safe haven" of Whitefish Point.
- The Fitzgerald was headed from Superior, Wisconsin to Zug Island on the Detroit River when it sank on November 10, 1975
- The Fitzgerald broke her own records for most cargo carried in one year several times in the short 17 year lifespan of the ship.
- Robert Rafferty wasn't even originally scheduled to be on the ship! He was filling in for someone with bleeding ulcers.
- The final voyage of the Edmund Fitzgerald was rumored as Captain McSorley's final voyage before retirement.
- McCarthy and McSorley made a "pact" to sail out their years together before dying together in the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
- Gitche Gumee is Ojibwa for "Big Lake."