Mighty Fitz

Mighty Fitz

The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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Baker & Taylor
A biographer recreates the ship's final trip and discusses the controversies that followed concerning the cause of the sinking and ultimate disposition of relics.

McMillan Palgrave

Thirty years after the most legendary shipwreck on America's inland waters. Michael Schumacher examines the productive life and untimely demise of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The disappearance of the Edmund Fitzgerald remains one of the great unsolved mysteries in maritime history. The specifics of what happened to the "Mighty Fitz" in the early hours of November 10, 1975, will never be known. What we do know: The Edmund Fitzgerald, a massive ore carrier, had been fighting its way through a pounding November storm on Lake Superior. She was losing ground—the Fitz's radar was out, and she had taken on water in the midst of gale-force winds and mountainous seas—but there was no reason to think she wouldn't find safe harbor at Whitefish Point, Michigan. Last word from the ship's captain: "We are holding our own." Suddenly the ship disappeared from radar. By all indications, the 29-man crew had no idea they were in mortal danger, and they nosedived to Lake Superior's bottom before they could call for help. A massive search ensued but failed to find a single survivor. Michael Schumacher relays in vivid detail the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald, its many productive years on the waters of the Great Lakes, its tragic demise, the search effort and investigation, as well as the speculation and the controversy that followed in the wake of the disaster.



Blackwell North Amer
When the Edmund Fitzgerald nosedived to the bottom of Lake Superior, twenty-nine men perished. No witnesses survived, and speculation ran rampant. Thirty years later, the ship's demise remains one of the great unsolved mysteries in maritime history. Michael Schumacher examines this iconic ship's productive life and untimely end.
The specifics of what happened to the "Mighty Fitz" in the early hours of November 10, 1975, will never be known. What we do know: The Edmund Fitzgerald, a colossal ore carrier, had been fighting its way through a pounding November storm on Lake Superior when she started to lose ground. The Fitz's radar went out, and she was taking on water.
Despite gale force winds and thirty-foot seas, there was no reason to think the Fitz wouldn't find safe harbor at Whitefish Point, Michigan. Captain Bernie Cooper of the Arthur Anderson had been in steady contact with Ernest McSorley, the Fitz's captain. The two ships had been traveling together through the storm, and the last word from McSorley was, "We are holding our own." By all indications, the crew had no idea they were in mortal danger, and they plunged to Lake Superior's bottom before they could call for help. A massive search ensued but failed to find a single survivor.
Michael-Schumacher relays the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald, its many years on the waters of the Great Lakes, its tragic final day, and the search effort and investigation, as well as the speculation and the controversy that followed in the wake of the disaster.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Pub., 2005
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781582346472
158234647X
Branch Call Number: 977.49 Schumacher 2005
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 25 cm

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Jul 23, 2011

I was living in the Soo on Nov. 10,1975 I remember the date very well as it was the day the Edmund Fitzgerald went down in Lake Superior. The wind was phenomenal as I was leaving work at the Station Mall. The 'Mighty Fitz' is a great read with lots of insights into those on the ill-fated vessel.

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